U.S. District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Aljandro announced Thursday an associate of the “Pagans” outlaw biker gang was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for conspiring to distribute controlled substances.
Joseph Mehl, aka “Joseph Montanero” partnered with former doctor of osteopathic medicine, William O’Brien, along with several Pagans’ members to run a prescription pill mill out of O’Brien’s offices. O’Brien wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and other addictive opioids, Mehl and the Pagans recruited “pseudo-patients,” who paid $250 for initial visits and $200 thereafter to obtain the prescriptions, according to court records.
O’Brien wrote hundreds of prescriptions for addictive, dangerous drugs. From March 2012 to January 2015, over 700,000 pills containing Schedule II controlled substances, including oxycodone were resold on the street.
O’Brien was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on October 5, 2016.