September 21, 2017  Last Update: December 21, 2016, 11:10 pm

Operation Oxy Alley

Two more defendants are in prison following a massive pill mill bust in Florida known as Operation Oxy Alley. On February 24, U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra sentenced Beau Boshers, M.D. and Zachary Horsely for their involvement in a pill mill ring in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Boshers was sentenced to 6 and a half years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering last October. According to the indictment, the pill mill doctor wrote approximately 3.6 million oxycodone and other pain pill prescriptions between 2008 and 2010.

Horsely was sentenced to 5 months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy last October.

The coordinated investigation into pill mills in Broward and Palm Beach Counties led to the arrest of 32 individuals, including defendants Christopher and Jeffrey George, twin brothers who operated, managed and financed four pain management clinics in Florida. Thirteen of the 32 people arrested were doctors, according to the indictment which was unsealed August 23, 2011.

To build cases against those involved in Florida pill mills, authorities relied on undercover investigations and the Certified Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), a comprehensive drug reporting system which monitors flow of DEA controlled substances. Data analysis revealed  that 4 pain clinics distributed approximately 20 million oxy pills and made $40 million between 2008 and 2010.

So far, 28 of the 32 defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and money laundering charges. And 26 of those have already been sentenced, including the twin brothers who spearheaded the operation.

Christopher was sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to unlawful transport of firearms. Jeffrey was sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison, followed by 3 years supervised release after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last October.

Jeffrey is also involved in a separate, related case in Palm Beach County. State Attorney Michael McAuliffe is accusing Jeff and a doctor of murder after Joey Bartolucci overdosed on prescription meds in 2009.

Broward and Palm Beach County Pain Clinics Involved in the Operation:

  • Hallandale Pain (in Broward County, south of Hollywood, Florida)
  • American Pain
  • Executive Pain
  • East Coast Pain

Sentencing of those whom pleaded guilty will continue through April.

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