An investigation ended in the arrest of a man authorities say ran a major pill ring in New York state.

They also arrested four associates.

Authorities say that Michael Mancusi and his girlfriend had $84,000 worth of medications, including 5,890 tablets of oxycodone, approximately 1,170 tablets of Xanax, and approximately 205 fentanyl transdermal patches.

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The drugs sold for anywhere from $5 to $30 per pill or patch

So How did they get the drugs in the first place?

The AG’s office says that Mancusi was in two doctors offices, and made claims for no-fault insurance benefits and obtained Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare benefits.

At that point, the office says he went doctor shopping, accumulating thousands of pills in a short time.

The arrest removes these pills out of the hands of addicts across the state, and keeps them from falling into first time teen experimenters.

More than 2,500 kids try prescription drugs for the first time every day, and these types of operations can be the source of these pills. Teensavers also reminds parents that unlocked medicines in the home are an open invitation for experimentation.

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