When you sell ice cream, you are supposed to sell ice cream. You obviously cannot sell prescription painkillers just like what Louis Scala of New York City did in his ice cream truck.
Scala was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty in August and striking a plea deal.
The ice cream vendor have been running a $1 million drug-trafficking ring out of his ice cream truck before he was charged with one count of conspiracy and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Reports from Reuters said that Nancy Wilkins, an accomplice, stole prescription pads from doctor's offices in Manhattan. The ring was able to get around 43,000 oxycodone pills with a street value placed at $20 apiece.
Scala peddled the pills in Staten Island in New York City.
Special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan explained:
"After serving ice cream to the children, Scala would invite the pill customers, typically waiting in their nearby car, to step into his truck to complete their transaction,"
Authorities said that Oxycodone has become popular that the number of prescriptions filled in New York City alone doubled between 2007 and 2010 to more than one million.