Photo: NYC Police - Dr. Hector Castro
Dr. Hector Castro and Patricia Rodriguez were arrested for illegally trafficking oxycodone through the Itzama Medical Center in New York City to the tune of $10 million.
The long-term prescription pill investigation called ‘Operation Cuba Libre’ was overseen by immigration and drug enforcement agencies. Castro is the founder and medical director of the Itzama Medical Center and Rodriguez its office manager.
“Doctor Hector Castro and his staff allegedly abused their trusted positions as medical professionals to illegally distribute prescription drugs for a profit,” said James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of the investigation. The investigation revealed an extensive interstate network of pill traffickers who got prescriptions from Castro and Rodriguez.
Castro and Rodriguez are believed to have carried out two separate prescription-related criminal schemes that together resulted in the diversion of well over 500,000 narcotic pills worth at least $10 million onto the black market.
In conjunction with the arrest of Castro and Rodriguez, Pennsylvania authorities are prosecuting another 43 drug traffickers to whom Rodriguez supplied prescriptions.