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5 Charged With Importing, Distributing Oxycodone

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    5 Charged With Importing, Distributing Oxycodone
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    NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    Authorities have arrested five people they say were involved in a scheme to import large quantities of oxycodone from China for distribution throughout an area of western Massachusetts.

    The Northwestern district attorney's office announced Monday that a grand jury had indicted the alleged ringleaders of the operation, 47-year-old Yvette Judd and 50-year-old William Judd, who have addresses in Greenfield and Florida.

    Authorities say they had pills sent from China to Massachusetts and New Hampshire and distributed as much as a pound of oxycodone per week in Franklin County for two years. Yvette Judd's sister, Jennifer Benoit, allegedly received shipments of drugs at her Richmond, New Hampshire home.

    Sherri Williams and Michael Williams are alleged to have worked as dealers from their Greenfield home.

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