If you've been buying oxycodone prescriptions in Brooklyn, you might need to find a new doctor. Yesterday, after a six month investigation, the FBI and the NYPD arrested Dr. Eugene Demczuk, 66, and his associate Nicholas Cukier, 24, for selling scripts for the powerful painkiller for $150 a pop. They were each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and one count of distributing oxycodone.
According to the FBI, on multiple occasions between November 2010 and April 2011 agents were sold 30 mg prescriptions without a medical examination and without a request for any additional medical information. The doctor also allegedly sold prescriptions to one undercover officer for other people who were not there. And twice in April agents managed to videotape the pair in action.
It also seems that at least Cukier was wary of being found out by the doctor's legitimate patients. While one agent was waiting in the waiting room the younger prescription dealer reportedly texted him to tell him not to talk to other patients. "Don't talk in front of this guy," one message said. Then he wrote, "Yeah, it's me, just don't say nothing out loud."
At least they weren't caught slipping the pills into kids' sandwiches?