Florida Couple Charged with Illegally Distributing Oxycodone in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A former Connecticut married couple who now call Florida home were indicted today by a federal grand jury on a charge of possessing and distrubuting oxycodone. 73 year old Harry Duren and 53 year old Sandra Duren, both of Seminole county Florida, are accused of getting medications with oxycodone from doctors in Connecticut and reselling the medication for their own profit.

If convicted they face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million dollars. U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

A Fairfield doctor, 56 year old Paul Bellofiore, M.D. of Trumbull, pleaded guilty for issuing unlawful prescriptions of oxycodone to a Florida couple.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bellofiore knew that a former medical assistant of his had written forged prescriptions for opioid medications for the couple that moved to Florida and he should’ve known there was a possibility the couple was abusing or diverting their medications.

This investigation is being conducted by the DEA’s New Haven Tactical Diversion Squad, which includes officers from the Bristol, Greenwich, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Shelton, Vernon and Wilton Police Departments.

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