12 people arrested in drug distribution ring case – California News

12 people arrested in drug distribution ring case – California News

Twelve people, including two from Burbank and one from Glendale, were arrested Thursday and are accused of being involved in a distribution ring that trafficked at least 2 million narcotic pills to the black market.

The scheme involved seven sham medical clinics that were issuing fraudulent prescriptions to obtain large quantities of prescription drugs — including oxycodone, hydrocodone, amphetamine and alprazolam — to be sold on the streets, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Officials are still looking for two additional suspects who investigators think were involved in the scheme.

Eleven people were arrested Thursday on a series of charges, including suspicion of distributing oxycodone, suspicion of possessing narcotics with intent to distribute and suspicion of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge.

A 12th person, James Wilson, 54, of Venice, was arrested on suspicion of illegally selling oxycodone prescriptions from a Long Beach clinic he owned.

Burbank residents Armen Simonyan, 52, and Grisha Sayadyan, 66, are suspected of managing some of the bogus clinics.

Throughout 2016, Simonyan allegedly lied to pharmacists to conceal that the clinics had created and sold prescriptions using the name of an unidentified doctor, who, at the time, was either hospitalized or deceased when the fraudulent prescriptions were issued, according to an indictment by a Los Angeles County grand jury in June.

He also allegedly used the identity of another unidentified doctor to create and fill fraudulent prescriptions and related medical paperwork without that…

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