DEA: Staten Island doctor ran opioid pill mill

- Federal agents and police officers arrested Dr. David Taylor, 74, and two others for allegedly running a pill mill on Hylan Boulevard on Staten Island. The doctor diverted 4 million pills with a street value of $40 million to Staten Islanders, according to authorities.

The pain management specialist allegedly took money and goods, including single malt whiskey, for the prescriptions. The Feds said the doctor would write scripts for oxycodone and Xanax without an examination, MRIs, or medical records.

DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt said:  “It is alleged that millions of dollars’ worth of pain medication was diverted onto the streets of Staten Island, enabling addiction and overdoses on the borough. These arrests will impact Staten Island’s opioid market by shutting down an illicit pill distribution operation located at the heart of the borough."

The distribution of the medicines was going on from January 2012 through this month, according to authorities. But the doctor didn't act alone. Authorities also arrested Vito Gallicchio, 48, and Daniel Garcia, 57. Officials said they conspired with Taylor to distribute the drugs; Gallicchio would direct fake patients to the doctor. 

Sources told Fox 5 News that one of the places where the patients would get the prescriptions filled was at Victory Pharmacy, which was closed on Thursday.

If the three men are found guilty they could face a maximum of 20 years behind bars.  the case is being prosecuted by the DEA's Narcotics Unit and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kiersten Fletcher and Dina McLeod.

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