One of the 24 people involved in a major ring of alleged prescription drug peddlers owns a pharmacy at Government Center in downtown Miami—the heart of Miami-Dade County politics—that was suspected of trafficking illegal oxycodone tablets, according to state documents.
Robert’s Drug Store owner Aiman Aryan, who also owns two other pharmacies in Miami, allegedly purchased close to 1.7 million units of oxycodone in a 6-month period this year, making him the fifth highest wholesale purchaser in South Florida, according to an order from the Florida Department of Health suspending Aryan's pharmacist state license.
Robert’s, located in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, was dispensing an average of 270 oxy tablets a day per patient, Miami New Times reported.
Aryan and 23 others had been indicted on Oct. 12 on charges of defrauding Medicare and conspiring to distribute OxyContin, oxycodone, and other synthetic painkillers, according to the indictment.
The pharmacist would hand the pills to two drug dealers who helped him find Medicare patients who were paid $600 every time they picked up oxycodone or other prescription pills from Robert's.
“Mr. Aryan received cash payments from the sponsors in order to fill the oxycodone prescriptions without scrutiny or restriction," said the suspension order.
The network’s alleged total take: $40 million
Aryan was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Oxycodone is commonly prescribed to treat pain. The Florida DOH said that in 2010 Oxycodone was the first leading cause of drug-related deaths.
According to Miami New Times, Robert's has been operating inside county hall since 2005. Four years ago, Aryan's pharmacy paid the county $204,000 in rent over five years to prevent Walgreens from leasing the place.
Here's the Florida DOH suspension order of Aryan's pharmacist license: