Gerald Young and Rodney Strachan, two Florida men who supplied large amounts of the prescription narcotic Oxycodone to pill distributors in northwest Georgia, have been sentenced to prison.
Young, 69, and Strachan, 58, were sentenced by United States District Judge Harold L. Murphy. Young was sentenced to ten years, one month in prison. Strachan was sentenced to nine years in prison. Both are the last defendants to be sentenced for their roles in this Oxycodone distribution ring based in Rossville, Ga.
“The significant sentences imposed reflect our office’s continued commitment to ending the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers in our community,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The defendants sentenced today supplied a drug trafficking organization with tens of thousands of Oxycodone tablets. In recent years, the abuse of Oxycodone has risen to epidemic proportions, and fatal overdose rates continue to rise. We will pursue anyone involved in the illegal acquisition and distribution of pain killers, including unscrupulous doctors, pharmacists, and clinic owners.”
Prosecutors said Gregory Alvarez was the leader of a thirteen-person conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and launder the proceeds of the illicit sales of the pills. This drug trafficking organization obtained the vast majority of its pills from Florida. Specifically, co-defendant Alvarez, and later co-defendants that he recruited, would travel to Florida on a monthly basis to obtain prescription Oxycodone painkillers from both Young and Strachan.
They said the reach of this organization’s illegal Oxycodone distribution included not only the northwest Georgia area, but also extended into Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Investigators determined that this conspiracy was responsible for trafficking hundreds of thousands of Oxycodone pills.
For his role in leading the northwest Georgia drug trafficking organization, on October 21, 2011, Alvarez was sentenced to 21 years, ten months in prison.
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