Pharmaceutical executive to face criminal charges in landmark case

Federal prosecutors charged executives of the Rochester Drug Cooperative Tuesday, the first criminal charges against a drug distributor in the nation's ongoing opioid crisis.
1:30 | 04/23/19

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And the former CEO of a major drug distribution company arrested, and criminally charged. Opioids killing more Americans than car accidents ever year. Here's gio Benitez. Reporter: Tonight, a former CEO and his company face federal criminal charges for their role in the deadly U.S. Opioid crisis. Any remorse? Reporter: Ledn handcuffs today after turning himself in, federal drug agents charge former CEO Lawrence Doud, and Rochester drug cooperative, with conspiracy. Saying they ignored "Red flags" that pharmacies were filling prescriptions of oxycodone, fentanyl, and other controlled substances to people who did not need them. It shipped tens of millions of highly addictive oxycodone pills and fentanyl products to pharmacies they knew were illegally dispensing narcotics. Reporter: The opioid crisis is gripping the nation. According to the national safety council, opioids kill more people in America than car accidents. Why did they do it? The answer is greed. Reporter: Doud faces two counts of conspiracy. If convicted, the 75-year-old will face a minimum of a ten-year prison sentence. His lawyer says he will fight the charges. A major manhunt in Sri Lanka.

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