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Florida Crime: Opioid Pill Bust And Sweepstakes Fraud

Florida Crime: Opioid Pill Bust And Sweepstakes Fraud

2 Sent To Prison For Distributing Hundreds Of Opioid Pills

MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida men have been sent to prison for distributing hundreds of opioid pills to an undercover Miami police officer.

The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a news release that 50-year-old Oreste Abreu of Hialeah was sentenced to just over four years in prison and 39-year-old Daniel Lezcano-Morejon of Hialeah was sentenced to more than three years.

Both men pleaded guilty earlier to drug trafficking charges.

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Investigators say the pair sold more than 800 hydromorphone pills to the undercover officer over several months in 2012. Hydromorphone is sold under the brand name Dilaudid, a powerful painkiller.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Miami-Dade Police Department.

4 Sent To Prison In Florida Sweepstakes Fraud Scam

MIAMI (AP) — Four men have been sent to federal prison for their roles in a Florida sweepstakes fraud scheme involving thousands of victims around the U.S.

The Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office says in a news release that the four were sentenced to prison terms of between seven and just over three years. They were convicted of mail fraud conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say they falsely notified people by mail that they had won a substantial prize and that the recipients had to pay a fee of between $20 and $50 to claim their winnings. The fraudulent letters told victims to pay the fees in cash or by check or money order payable to fictitious companies, but the money went to the defendants.

About 100,000 people were victimized by the fraud scheme.

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