A Greenwich, Connecticut, couple with a $2 million mansion, a Porsche and a Land Rover were accused Thursday of illegally selling at least 500,000 oxycodone pills from Brooklyn and Queens pharmacies in one of New York's largest painkiller diversion schemes ever.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said defendants Lillian Jakacki, 49, and Marcin Jakacki, 35, peddled pills with a street value of $10 million to $15 million from two Chopin Chemists "pill mills."
The small Brooklyn pharmacy ordered more than 240,000 -- more oxycodone pills than two national chain stores in its ZIP code in 2011 and 2012, prosecutors said, dispensing more than 430,000 pills with no prescription, and thousands more made out to phony names like "Coach" and "Chanel."
Hunt, the head of the DEA's New York office, said in a news release, "During the same time that nearly two million Americans either abused or were dependent on opioid painkillers, Chopin Pharmacycq was making a killing off the profit of illicit oxycodone sales."
At a news conference, he and Bharara also released a public service announcement that they hope TV stations will air in which they and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. speak out on pill abuse. Bharara said the problem is too large to just rely on prosecutions.
Marcin and Lillian Jakacki, also known as Lillian Wieckowski, face multiple conspiracy counts, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and money laundering. A third defendant, Robert Cybulski, 30, also was charged.with conspiracy for being what authorities called one of their largest buyers of illegal oxycodone