A suspended doctor has pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges, along with additional defendants who admitted their roles in the crime, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
On Friday, February 9, 2018, Alan Faustino, 50, of Absecon, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree Distribution of CDS, OxyContin, admitting to his role in placing thousands of OxyContin pills on the streets of Atlantic County.
These defendants have also entered guilty pleas after admitting their role in the narcotics trafficking scheme:
Jason Cylc, 42, Brigantine
Stephen Sklar, 71, Atlantic City
Jeffrey Millman, 58, Atlantic City
Claudio Valentin, 36, Egg Harbor Township
Ashley Channell, 29, Galloway Township
Kara Minchin, 30, Galloway Township
On April 22, 2015, at the culmination of a 4 month investigation by the Atlantic county prosecutor’s Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, Alan Faustino, MD was arrested as part of his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of prescription narcotics, specifically opioids, to hundreds of members of the Atlantic County community. Although he was licensed to write prescriptions for OxyContin, Roxicodone and Alprazolam, he was charged as a leader of a narcotics trafficking network as he violated the law by selling prescriptions as well as selling prescriptions written for “patients” he never met, let alone treated. He did this with his codefendants who would fill the prescriptions, whether in their name or not, and sell the pills on the streets of Atlantic County. He was able to do this with the assistance of his codefendants Jason Cylc, Stephen Sklar, Claudio Valentin, Ashley Channell, Jeffrey Millman and Kara Minchin. Together the defendants would recruit alleged patients to participate in the scheme. Ashley Channell and Kara Minchin worked in the office and would at times remind the patient when it was time to return for their 30 day refill. After getting their prescriptions, for OxyContin, Roxicodone and Alprazolam, they would take them to pharmacies to fill and would either return some to the Faustino or through Cylc and Minchin, sell on the street to resell or use. Many of the “patients” were admitted opioid addicts. Cylc would purchase large quantities of the pills from the “patients” at below street value and resell on the street.
Faustino is scheduled for sentencing on April 15, 2018, and is facing up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, US Drug Enforcement Administration and Absecon Police Department. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Janet Gravitz and Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represent the state.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.