(BALTIMORE) - U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Lenny Cain, age 36, of Baltimore, Maryland, on September 27, 2013, to 160 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, and for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Cain previously has been convicted of handgun crimes, cocaine distribution, assault, conspiracy and identity fraud. He was released from federal prison in February 2010 and returned almost immediately to a life of crime, although he was supervised by a federal probation officer under the authority of a federal judge. Cain is expected to have a hearing on the violation of his supervised release before U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, but no date has been set for the hearing.
The sentence was announced by Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis; and Howard County Police Chief William McMahon.
“The sentence that Mr. Cain received today should send a strong message to other individuals engaged in the illicit distribution of prescription drugs,” stated Gary Tuggle, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office. “Individuals like Cain, who engage in the distribution of illicit prescription drugs, are drug dealers; just like the drug dealers you see on the street. This type of illegal conduct will not be tolerated and will be investigated vigorously by our DEA Tactical Diversion Squad, ” stated Tuggle.
“Lenny Cain is the sort of criminal who has demonstrated that he will only stop committing crimes while he is in prison, so we need to keep him there,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the testimony at his two week trial, beginning in 2010, Cain and the other leaders of the conspiracy, including Joseph Church, recruited women working in doctors’ offices to assist them in obtaining and verifying fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, also known as Oxycontin and Percocet. The leaders also recruited individuals, called “runners,” to fill the fraudulent prescriptions at pharmacies in the Baltimore area. Evidence presented at trial showed that Cain’s fingerprints were on at least 14 fraudulent prescriptions. Cain was also captured on surveillance video at two pharmacies – one where he attempted to get a fraudulent prescription filled in the name of another individual; and another where he followed one of the “runners,” who was attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription, into the pharmacy.
Joseph Church, age 41, of Baltimore, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Co-conspirators Bruce Breland, age 56, and Charles Fell, age 27, both of Baltimore, were sentenced to 27 months and to two years in prison, respectively. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty and were sentenced to between seven and 60 months in prison.