CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — The alleged leader of a New York-based painkiller ring suspected of distributing 100,000 pills on the East Coast over two years has been ordered held without bail.
Cedric Moss was declared a flight risk during a bail hearing Friday in federal court on Long Island. The defense had sought $500,000 bail.
Defense attorney Marvin Hirsch says the government has exaggerated its claims.
Moss was arrested in February in North Carolina and recently returned to New York. Other suspected members of the ring were already in custody.
Newsday (http://bit.ly/1ilajG8 ) reports the ring is suspected of obtaining oxycodone from pharmacies by using forged prescription blanks somehow obtained from legitimate doctors.
Officials say the pills were estimated to be worth $3 million.
Moss faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com