Authorities in three states have smashed a mob and street gang-connected OxyContin ring that pumped thousands of pills into Massachusetts, netting dealers upwards of $150,000 a week. The Boston Herald reports the pills were coming from two pharmacies in Newark, N.J.. Many were being sold at Bridgewater State College and Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass.
Authorities said 18 people have been charged in the scheme that involves reputed associates of the Lucchese and Bonanno crime families and the Bloods street gang. The alleged ringleader is Louis Gallicchio Sr., a Lucchese crime family associate. Another leader, Clara Lightsey, 45, of New Jersey, allegedly obtained thousands of OxyContin pills from the Newark pharmacies that were distributed by gang members who took trains from Newark Penn Station to South Station in Boston. Drugs and money were also flown to Arizona from Boston, authorities said.