Brothers charged in cross-province Oxycontin scheme
A Kelowna man and his brother have been charged with illegally obtaining $3.4-million worth of Oxycontin to be sold on the street.
Police allege the men filled 85 prescriptions from more than a dozen doctors in Alberta and B.C. between February 2009 and July 2010, accumulating more than 67,000 pills of various strengths.
Some of the prescriptions were filled on both sides of the border, a method known as "double-doctoring."
Sammy Sandy Habib, 46, was arrested by Mounties at his Kelowna home last weekend. His brother, 49-year-old Michel Ferris Habib, was arrested by Calgary police near his home in the city on Tuesday.
The two face numerous charges, including uttering a forged document, failing to disclose a previous prescription and fraud under $5,000.
Oxycontin is a narcotic pain reliever derived from codeine. It is available only by prescription.