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Operation "Double Down Doc" exposes Gulf Coast prescription drug ring

GULFPORT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

 Dr. Sanjay Sinha, 49, of Woodstock, Georgia, Joshua Locke, 36, of Biloxi, Robert Thornton II, 36, of Biloxi, and John Mattina, 44, of Ocean Springs were charged in a seven count federal indictment with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

According to the indictment, Singh developed various relationships with his co-defendants and others. Those relationships led to the distribution of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone outside the scope of professional medical practice.

"The prescription drug epidemic in this country respects no boundaries," said Drug Enforcement Administration, Gulfport Resident Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux. "Today's collaborative law enforcement effort by DEA, MBN, the Mississippi State Gaming Commission, Biloxi PD and our other state and local counterparts is a testament to the fact that we will use all resources at our disposal to target drug trafficking. You can no longer hide behind the comfort of a lab coat and a title in front of your name that say's "doctor".

Dr. Sinha was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia and made his initial appearance there on Monday, March 3, 2014. The other defendants are scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon for initial appearances before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge John Roper in Gulfport.

The maximum penalty for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The maximum penalty for possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone is 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

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