A Philly man will be spending a long time in state prison after pleading guilty to his role as the ringleader of a group responsible for distributing opioids through Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
The Bensalem Township Police caught Mustafa Curry, 39, and four other people using fake prescriptions to get pills, mostly Oxycodone, from pharmacies.
A former hospital employee, also charged, stole the script pads from a doctor. He gave them to Curry, who then hired people with addiction issues to fill the prescriptions and obtain the drugs.
Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. decided Tuesday Curry will have between 4 and a half and 10 years behind bars to rethink his life choices. He is the last of the five members of the drug ring to receive a sentence.
Deputy District Attorney Christopher W. Rees congratulated the Bensalem Township Police Special Investigations Unit for their role in taking down the leaders of the drug organization.
“Addiction takes a terrible toll, not only on those suffering from it, but also on their loved ones and society at large,” Rees said. “This sentence recognizes the seriousness of the defendant’s crimes and his contribution to the opiate epidemic and its enormous effects on the people of Bucks County, but it also provides him with the tools to address his own addiction issues.”
The sentencing marks another success in the Bensalem Township Police’s crusade to combat the opioid epidemic in the jurisdiction and beyond. The force has seized more than $2 million dollars worth of opioids and raw heroin in the past two months.