63 charged with getting oxycodone illegally
Sixty-three people were arrested early Tuesday and charged with using false prescriptions to obtain the opiate oxycodone from pharmacies in Norfolk and Plymouth counties.
According to a news release from the office of Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz, the arrests resulted from five-month investigation by the counties’ district attorneys, State Police, the US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Norwell Police Department.
The arrests were made in communities stretching from Abington to Whitman, and included 12 in Hull and 24 in Weymouth.
In Hull, multiple arrests occurred at 165 Nantasket Ave., a rooming house, and 115 Nantasket Ave., a hotel. Rooming house manager Paul Oliviera of 165 Nantasket Ave. was one of those charged.
Norwell Police Deputy Chief John Suurhans said the false prescriptions came to his department’s attention when an individual came forward. Though he has seen false prescriptions passed before, Suurhans said he had not seen it at this magnitude.
About 200 law enforcement officers from numerous state, local, and regional agencies participated in the arrests, Cruz said.