February 24, 2011
Twelve people have been charged in federal court in Alexandria with prescription fraud and trafficking Oxycodone pills.
In criminal complaints unsealed Wednesday, the 12 are accused of serving as street-level dealers and suppliers.
The complaints say they fraudulently obtained Oxycodone and then distributed the pills. Prosecutors say the group presented hundreds of fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies throughout northern Virginia.
Ten of the suspects were arrested Tuesday and two remain at large. The arrests came after an eight-month investigation by federal and local officials.
The case is part of an ongoing investigation called Operation "Cotton Candy" that focuses on the illegal distribution of pain medication.