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Pills With Illegal Prescriptions, Georgia Doctor Busted in Coast Pill Ring

BILOXI, Miss.–If you have a legitimate prescription for hydrcodone or oxycodone, then you have nothing to worry about. If you were looking for a thrill and got your prescription from Dr. Sanjay Sinha from Georgia, then the feds might be coming for you.

The DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s office and Biloxi Police announced the arrest of the Atlanta-based doctor and several men from the coast, who they say were involved in a pill ring, where Sinha would write illegal prescriptions, mostly for casino employees he met on trips to the coast.

He was arrested Wednesday. Also named in the indictment were John Mattina, Robert Thornton, ii, and Joshua Locke, all from Mississippi.

The illegal pill service had been going on for five years, say prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said Sinha would befriend employees at the casinos, then sell them the scrips when he would visit the coast, about five or six times every year.

“He would send prescriptions to certain individuals here and they would get Western Union money sent to him. So it was not just while he was here, it was also while he was in Georgia,” said Davis at a news conference Wednesday.

“All for the almighty dollar and we are glad to see an end come to it,” said Biloxi Police Chief John Miller.

He said the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and other state agencies may have state charges down the road, and three more people may be arrested.

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