NEW YORK (July 8, 2014) Anthony D'Alessandro, the former pharmacy chef at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, has been charged in the theft of nearly 200,000 pills including oxycodone from the medical center in an unusual use of a New York drug-kingpin law more commonly aimed at big-time street dealers.
D'Alessandro pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
D'Alessandro is no drug lord, but rather a man who told a hospital investigator he'd had a drug problem, his lawyer, Joseph Sorrentino, said.
City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan's office is still investigating what became of the drugs, but prosecutors believe the pills ended up on the thriving black market for prescription painkillers.
Their street value was about $5.6 million.
D'Alessandro has been fired from his job.