pharmacist found guilty of illegally distributing controlled substances | Takeover bid

A federal jury in the Southern District of Texas convicted a Texas pharmacist on May 27 of illegally dispensing controlled substances from a now-closed Houston pharmacy.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Hieu “Tom” Truong, 58, of Houston, was the pharmacist in charge of S&S Pharmacy in Houston. In just 18 months, Truong and his accomplices illegally distributed over 750,000 doses of controlled substances, including over 500,000 tablets of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Trial evidence showed that S&S Pharmacy illegally dispensed controlled substances in bulk for cash, based on forged or stolen prescriptions brought in by street drug dealers.

Truong was convicted of three counts of unlawful distribution and distribution of controlled substances. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. Sentencing is scheduled for October 3.

To date, seven other co-conspirators, including the owner and manager of the pharmacy, have pleaded guilty to unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; US Attorney Jennifer Lowery for the Southern District of Texas; and Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux of the Houston Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the announcement.

DEA Houston investigated the case, with assistance from the Conroe Police Department, Houston Police Department, and Harris County Dept.

Trial District Attorneys Devon Helfmeyer, Courtney Chester, and Andrew Tamayo of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristine Rollinson for the Southern District of Texas is handling the forfeiture.