October 19, 2016
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Florida Couple Charged With Illegally Distributing Oxycodone In Connecticut
OCT 19 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging Harry Duren, 73, and Sandra Duren, 53, both of Seminole, Florida, with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, oxycodone. The indictments were jointly announced by Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
The indictment was returned on October 19, 2016. The defendants appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam in New Haven and were released on $50,000 bonds. According to allegations made in court, between approximately January 2005 and July 2016, the Duren’s obtained prescriptions for medications containing oxycodone from doctors in Connecticut, including Dr. Paul Bellofiore, and then arranged to resell their medications for their own profit. The Duren’s, who are married, are former Connecticut residents. If convicted of the charge in the indictment, the defendants face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million.
This investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, which includes officers from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.