Eight Co-Defendants Of Edison Pharmacist Sentenced In Oxycodone Distribution Case

NEWARK – A Manalapan man was sentenced Thursday to 48 months in federal prison, the last of eight people sentenced this week for their roles in an oxycodone distribution scheme involving the owner of an Edison pharmacy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jason Caracappa, 31, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to a superseding Indictment charging Caracappa, convicted pharmacist Vincent Hsia – proprietor of Lincoln Pharmacy Network – and others in connection with the distribution of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. In addition to the prison term, Wigenton sentenced Caracappa to three years supervised release.

Also sentenced by Wigenton this week in connection with the case were:

  • Marc Calabria, 33, of Nutley – 51 months in prison, three years of supervised release.
  • Angelo Cifelli, 34, Nutley – three years probation and a $2,500 fine.
  • Gary Cross, 28, of Roseland – 20 months in prison, three years of supervised release.
  • Keith Thompson, 33, of Newark – 75 months in prison, three years of supervised release.
  • Ivan Lugo, 34, of Elizabeth – 84 months in prison, three years supervised release.
  • Cheryle Sutter, 31, Carteret – 12 months in prison, three years of supervised release.
  • Ryan Otskey, 36, Lyndhurst – 57 months in prison, three years of supervised release.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The defendants and Hsia, 52, of Flemington, who was sentenced Feb. 23, to 25 years in prison, engaged in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Some of the defendants used stolen, blank prescriptions or prescriptions made out to fictitious patients to obtain oxycodone pills from Hsia at Lincoln Pharmacy. Cifelli was charged with furthering the conspiracy by driving co-conspirators to Lincoln Pharmacy and otherwise assisting with the distribution of oxycodone.

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