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PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JOHN P. GILBRIDE, Special
Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York
Field Division (“DEA”), announced that JOSE MARTE was sentenced
today to 135 months in prison by United States District Judge
DENNY CHIN for his involvement in a conspiracy to distribute
OxyContin in New York City. MARTE pleaded guilty to narcotics
conspiracy charges in September 2009.
According to the Indictment to which MARTE pleaded
guilty, other documents in this case, and statements made in
Manhattan federal court:
From May 2008 through November 2008, MARTE was the
ringleader of a group of individuals who acquired and distributed
thousands of 80-milligram tablets of OxyContin, 40-milligram
tablets of Oxycontin, and Percocet. These drugs are Schedule II
narcotics prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, and are
sold on the street as a substitute for illegal narcotics,
including heroin. MARTE recruited individuals who obtained the
Oxycontin and Percocet through the Medicaid program, at a cost of
over $900 for every 90-pill prescription. MARTE then resold the
pills for profit to other drug dealers for further distribution
in the Bronx and Connecticut.
MARTE’s 13 co-conspirators have all pleaded guilty to
narcotics charges and/or health care charges for defrauding
Medicaid. Additionally, three of five co-conspirators, who were
charged in separate cases, have also pleaded guilty.
JOSE MARTE, 46, of Bronx, New York, was also sentenced
to three years of supervised release.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the DEA
and thanked the New York City Human Resources Administration,
Bureau of Fraud Investigation, Prescription Drug Fraud Unit, for
their assistance in the case.
Assistant United States Attorneys ANTONIA M. APPS and
NATALIE LAMARQUE are in charge of the prosecution.