Sewickley man accused of heading oxycodone, Opana drug ring

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A Sewickley man faces charges including possession and sale of controlled pharmaceuticals, burglary of a pharmacy and possession and brandishment of a gun in a drug crime following a federal Drug Enforcement Agency investigation.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, which was unsealed late Friday, David Best, 27, led a large oxycodone and Opana distribution ring in Beaver and Allegheny counties. He is accused of diverting blank prescriptions from the Heritage Valley Health System and repeatedly robbing a Med-Fast pharmacy in Baden.

A DEA investigation found that in mid-2012, HHVS prescription pads were used to write fraudulent prescriptions for around 6,400 units of the prescription narcotics, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit indicated that the prescriptions were stolen.

In December 2011, according to the affidavit, a burglar got into the Med-Fast pharmacy by climbing down an exhaust vent into a Chinese restaurant next door.

The burglar used a hacksaw to cut a hole through the wall separating the two businesses and escaped with multiple bottles of about a half-dozen types of medicines.

The burglar used the same method to rob the same pharmacy about 10 months later, according to the affidavit.

Mr. Best's network used "runners" to fill false prescriptions in return for a share of the drugs, according to the affidavit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell on Friday issued an order temporarily detaining Mr. Best.

Mr. Best's attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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