Dr. Hector Castro, who ran the Itzamna Medical Center in Manhattan, was criminally charged this past week with operating an interstate drug smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of oxycodone. The arrest of Castro and his cohorts marks the largest prescription drug-related arrest in New York City history.
Castro pleaded not guilty to 39 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. Castro was one of 49 individuals arrested after a 15-month narcotics investigation into the smuggling ring.
According to authorities, over 500,000 oxycodone pills were trafficked from pharmacies in New Jersey, based on prescriptions written by Castro. Castro and his office manager, Patricia Valera, distributed the illegally obtained pills to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania over the past two years.
Castro is being held on $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash bail. He is due back in court on April 11 to face the drug smuggling charges.
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