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January 23, 2006

Vermont OxyContin Trafficker Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in West Palm Beach

JAN 23 -- Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division and R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced that Marc Wells, of Burlington, Vermont, pled guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the illegal distribution of oxycodone, a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(b) (Count 28). Wells also pled guilty to one count of using a facility of interstate commerce to carry on the illegal distribution of oxycodone sent from Florida and distributed on the streets of Vermont, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1952(a)(3), (Count 42). Wells faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine on the drug charge, and 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the illegal use of a facility of interstate commerce charge. Wells also agreed to forfeit $15,000 cash derived from the scheme.

Wells has remained in federal custody since being indicted in August 2005 for his involvement in an OxyContin distribution ring that operated between Florida and Vermont for several years. The investigation linked nearly 7,000 oxycodone tablets to the drug conspiracy. According to court records, the oxycodone in this case was obtained illegally from a health care professional through the use of fraudulent prescriptions in the names of real persons who were not actual medical patients. The oxycodone was then shipped from Florida to Vermont for street distribution. This scheme lasted over two years.

United States Attorney Acosta commended the long-term investigative efforts of the DEA.

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