By Jeff Overley
Law360 (July 19, 2019, 8:35 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Justice’s newest indictment of a
painkiller distributor and its executives strongly suggests that the agency has embarked on a
calculated criminal crackdown after years of civil enforcement failed to ease the opioid epidemic.
The criminal charges announced Thursday against distributor Miami-Luken Inc. and two company
bigwigs marked the DOJ’s second felony case against an opioid wholesaler, joining a prosecution
launched in April against Rochester Drug Co-Operative and a pair of its head honchos.
Antonio M. Pozos, a Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP partner and former federal prosecutor, told Law360
on Friday that it appears the DOJ is “developing a playbook for charging regional distributors under
the Controlled Substances Act.”
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