Feds in NY have charged a large scale drug distribution organization called RDC and two of its leaders.
The $1 billion drug empire
Laurence Doud, the former ringleader of Rochester Drug Co-operative, and his lieutenant William Pietruszewski face life in prison for charges including “conspiracy to distribute controlled narcotics for nonmedical reasons.”
The gang made more than $1 billion a year from drug sales and is one of the top 10 largest drug distributors in the United States. Between 2010 and 2018, RDC sold 143 million Oxy pills in New York state.
The opioid cowboys
The drug traffickers served as middlemen between suppliers like the Sackler crime family and street-level pill mills on the east coast. The organization is accused of making more than 8,000 illegal drug transactions between 2012 and 2016. During the same period, their Oxy and Fentanyl sales jumped by 800% and 2,000%, respectively.
If Doud, Pietruszewski, and the RDC organization sounded like run-of-the-mill drug dealing criminals to you, good – because they are. This case received a lot of press because it was the first time the Feds charged a pharmaceutical company and its executives.
The fact that Doud and Pietruszewski were suit-wearing white male corporate guys doesn’t and shouldn’t make them any less criminal than Big Meech or El Chapo. Feds and DEA signaled that from this point on, they’ll keep the same energy when it comes to these corporate thugs. Ray Donovan (this guy, not this guy), the lead agent at New York DEA, said the charges against RDC and its execs should send “shock waves throughout the pharmaceutical industry”.