Sentencing continues in connection with the case of a Bristol Township doctor and members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club charged and convicted of engaging in a conspiracy involving a so-called “pill mill” that operated out of the Levittown office of Doctor William J. O’Brien III beginning in 2012.
O’Brien currently is serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison.
Last week, Joseph Mehl, 50, an associate of the Pagans gang, was sentenced to 15 years for his role in trafficking in oxycodone and other opioids with other Pagan members.
Federal officials charged the Levittown doctor (O’Brien) with writing fraudulent prescriptions for opioids and other drugs. Pagans and their associates were charged with the recruitment of pseudo-patients to “buy” fraudulent prescriptions from O’Brien.
Federal officials said the Pagans were re-selling the pills on the street. The federal investigation showed that from March 2012 to January 2015, members of the conspiracy distributed more than 700,000 pills including oxycodone and other controlled substances.
This local case illustrates the imperatives of addressing the growing opioid crisis in Bucks County where there is an increased awareness and emphasis on the opioid crisis today among families, school districts, and state and local law enforcement communities.