Three arrested after massive oxycodone scheme discovered at NYC pharmacies

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GREENPOINT, Brooklyn — Sedona in Greenpoint looks like something out of small town USA.

Stuffed animals, back-to-school decorations and even a bowl of water for dogs strolling through the neighborhood welcome customers prior to entering the store.

But inside, federal agents had the place shut down for most of the day. The result of a crackdown of one of the largest pill mills in the city, according to the Feds.

"As alleged Chopin chemists indiscriminately sold so much oxycodone that for three straight years from 2010 to 2012, it's Brooklyn location was the number one purchaser of oxycodone in the entire area covered by that zip code, one that even included several national pharmacy chains," said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District.

The Feds say that in 2011 and 2012, the Brooklyn outpost of Chopin Chemists purchased nearly 250,000 more oxycodone pills than the second highest purchaser. Additionally, the owner of Sedona, who Bharara says also owned the pharmacy back then, was pushing pills without the written recommendation of a doctor.

"Out of 760,000 oxycodone pills distributed out of the Brooklyn location in a two-and-a-half year period between 2011 and 2013, the DEA's audit found that 430,00 had been distributed without any prescription whatsoever," Bharara said.

At the center of it all is 49-year-old pharmacist, Lilian Wieckowski.

It only took four seconds for James Hunt, the head of the DEA for New York City to characterize her.

"From the DEA's perspective, Wieckowski is nothing more than a white collar drug dealer," Hunt said.

Her husband along with another individual were arrested as well, and as authorities also investigated Wieckowski's store in Ridgewood, Queens, residents in Greenpoint were shocked at the developments surrounding an owner that some have known for years.

One even shared experiencing the very practice the Feds have arrested her for, telling PIX11 News she sold him antibiotics without a prescription on occasion.

In all, law enforcement the operations moved approximately $10 to $15-million dollars of product over five years with some profits utilized to purchased a $2 million dollar home in Greenwich, Connecticut.