NEW YORK (AP) - A major New York City hospital's former pharmacy chief has been charged with stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone and other pills from the medical center. It's an unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law more commonly aimed at big-time street dealers.
Anthony D'Alessandro pleaded not guilty Tuesday. His lawyer, Joseph Sorrentino, says D'Alessandro is no drug lord, but rather a man who told a hospital investigator he'd had a drug problem.
City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan's office is still investigating what became of the drugs, but prosecutors believe the pills ended up on the thriving black market for prescription painkillers. Their street value is about $5.6 million.
D'Alessandro has been fired from his job at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital. The Manhattan hospital launched the investigation.
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