Alvin Woody, a Mooresville, North Carolina pharmacist, and four additional defendants from Vermont, Wisconsin, New York, and California have been indicted on drug distribution and money laundering charges in connection with an alleged unlawful prescription drug operation, according to Gretchen C.F. Shappert, US Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

The operation resulted in millions of dosage units of powerful and addictive controlled substances, primarily hydrocodone and alprazolam, being distributed to thousands of customers nationwide based on unlawful and illegitimate prescriptions.

Woody, the owner of two Woody Pharmacy locations in Mooresville and Denver, NC has made initial an appearance before a federal Magistrate Judge in Charlotte today and been released on bond; Kathleen Giacobbe, 44, the owner and operator of Your Online Doctor (YOD) or in Lyndonville, Vt. has also been taken into custody; Porfirio Orta-Rosario, 49, a medical doctor residing in Oshkosh, Wis., has been arrested; Stephen Giacobbe, 34, a member of YOD



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