|January 27, 2012
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that Dr. Jose Carlos Menendez-Campos, a Seminole County physician, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in a prescription pill trafficking operation. The illegal operation was responsible for distributing large quantities of prescription pills throughout western Florida. Campos must also pay a $500,000 fine and investigative and prosecutorial costs. Campos pled guilty in October 2011 to conspiring to traffic in 28 grams or more of oxycodone, and he was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.
The Osceola County Investigative Bureau, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating Campos, 46, in 2010. Their investigation revealed that Campos was selling prescriptions for large amounts of oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, to a group of associates who would then fill the prescriptions and distribute the narcotics on the streets of Sarasota.
Campos was sentenced by the Honorable Jon B. Morgan, Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. One of the doctor’s co-defendants was previously sentenced to 25 years in state prison for his role in the conspiracy and another co-defendant is currently awaiting sentencing.