Drug Scheme Sends Father, Son Pharmacists to Prison

A father and his son demonstrated that the apple doesn't fall from the tree when the 2 pharmacists were sentenced to prison on drug charges.

A father and his son demonstrated that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree when the 2 pharmacists were sentenced to prison on drug charges on January 16, 2015.

R. Wayne Murphy, 63, and J. Kevin Murphy, 36, worked at Boston Pharmacy and were involved in 2 criminal schemes, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia.

R. Wayne Murphy was sentenced to 3 years in prison and will have to pay a fine of $10,000 for introducing adulterated and misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. Meanwhile, his son was sentenced to 18 months in prison after authorities found that he was intending to distribute hydrocodone.

The US attorney’s office said the pair will forfeit about $403,000 in illegal proceeds.

The elder Murphy allegedly smuggled drugs such as Advair, Crestor, and Plavix from Costa Rica and repackaged them to sell to his customers. The younger Murphy obtained hydrocodone and Xanax from wholesale drug companies and sold the pills to drug dealers at a large profit, the US attorney’s office reported.

“Instead of providing drugs to people with prescriptions, Kevin Murphy sold them to a drug dealer for resale on the streets,” US Attorney Michael Moore said in a press release. “If you sell drugs illegally in the Middle District of Georgia, wearing a lab coat will not save you from justice.”

The US attorney’s office noted that 2 other Boston Pharmacy employees have already landed in prison. Arnolfo Capistran admitted to intending to distribute Xanax in the younger Murphy’s scheme in June 2014. Another pharmacist, Karen Dunlap, pled guilty in May 2014 to misprision of a felony—meaning she knew a felony was being committed and did not inform authorities.