Police: Bronx Man Bought Drugs In NYC, Sold Them In Massachusetts
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A Bronx man pled not guilty Wednesday to charges of peddling painkillers from New York City to New England.
33-year-old Jose Garcia Acosta is being held on $250,000 bail.
Acosta was arrested on Sunday when police found 3,100 pills hidden in his car's back seat.
He allegedly bought the pills in Manhattan and the Bronx and sold them in eastern Massachusetts.
Prosecutors say he made about $1 million a month ($24 dollars per pill).
"He would collect them from people who were collecting them from others," said Bridget Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor. "He would get them from people who were maybe stealing them. Obviously we know that pharmacies have been robbed for these addictive opiate pills. And this person would collect them from numerous other individuals. He was very disciplined about it."
Drug agents raided Acosta's Topping Avenue apartment Wednesday morning and seized bank records, drug ledgers and crushed blue pills.
Prosecutors also announced charges against an alleged supplier and 13 other alleged peddlers.