7 Charged for Dealing Heroin, Cocaine in N.J. VA Hospitals to Patients

EAST ORANGE, N.J. — Police arrested seven veterans who allegedly used their access to two Veteran Administration Hospitals to sell heroin and cocaine to patients being treated at the facilities.

The seven men, ranging in age from 31 to 66, are accused of selling heroin, cocaine and hydromorphone to patients at the VA Medical Center – Lyons and the East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System to some who were seeking help for addiction, NBC New York reports. Five of the suspects worked in various positions at the two hospitals.

The suspects are all charged in separate criminal complaints. The men face either one, two or three counts of illegal drug distribution. Each count carries up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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