Man sentenced to 10 years in prescription drug scheme

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A Squirrel Hill headshop owner who flooded Pittsburgh with oxycodone pills procured by prescription from doctors in Florida was sentenced this afternoon to 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed that term on Jason Weitzner, owner of J&S Glass on Murray Avenue, and ordered him to forfeit all money in his J&S Glass bank account and various other accounts controlled by his father, Lawrence Weitzner, who is serving two years for helping his son launder his drug money.

Jason Weitzner was charged last year with dealing in oxycodone and laundering more than $1 million after an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the criminal investigation division of the IRS. He pleaded guilty.

Federal prosecutors said he used runners, including his ex-girlfriend, to procure prescriptions for oxycodone at south Florida pain clinics.

The runners would fly to Pittsburgh to get the prescriptions filled, after which Mr. Weitzner sold the pills to Pittsburgh street dealers for $15 to $20 a pill.

DEA said he sold about 28,000 pills between 2010 and 2012 and used the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle of fancy dinners, fine clothes and stays in expensive hotels.

First Published July 25, 2014 12:00 AM


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