One New Jersey man was sentenced to 30 months in jail for an unusual version of illegal drug-dealing. Edison Rosario was caught last year in a basement using lighter fluid to peel the labels off of prescription drug bottles. The drugs were primarily those used for the treatment of HIV, and Rosario intended on illegally selling them in the Dominican Republic.
According to The Star-Ledger, officials found more than 6,000 bottles of medication including Atripla, Combivir, Isentress, Kaletra, Prezista, Reyataz and Truvada in the basement. The total value of the medication was $2 million. In his sentencing, Rosario pled guilty to the unlicensed wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals, the source reported.
The basement apartment in which Rosario was conducting operations had no bed, couch or television, but instead was furnished with folding tables and chairs. Its windows were covered with taped down shades and plastic bags.
The biggest question that officials have, which remains unanswered, is where Rosario acquired the drugs. One speculation is that he purchased them from poor patients hard-up for money, who gave up their medication for cash.
Rosario is a high school dropout who moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico at a young age and has been described by officials as a "rookie."