posted on November 16, 2012 11:45
A St. John Fisher pharmacy school student is facing federal drug charges for allegedly selling illegal narcotics out of an ice cream truck.
Abraham Reinhardt, 23, of Clarence was arrested in the Batavia Home Depot parking lot.
Authorities say Reinhardt was about to sell 80 oxymorphone tablets, a quantity of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms. Through a search warrant of his home in Rochester, drug enforcement agents seized more of those same drugs. Reinhardt is also accused of selling marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms from an ice cream truck in Cheektowaga over the summer months.
U.S. Attorney Bill Hochul's office is handling the case. He says the alleged crime is unsettling.
“That’s what makes the case troubling," Hochul said. "Anytime you have someone with specialized education or training, or, frankly, access to prescription pills and then is found to be diverting those pills or taking them for the purpose of selling them illegally – that’s something that should troubling for all of us.”
Hochul says Reinhardt's pharmacy-student status could affect the case.
“He could in fact be facing more punishment than would be the case if he was just someone who happened to come across these drugs and tried to sell them for profit.”
Although Reinhardt is innocent until proven guilty, Hochul says this is a situation to remind people how dangerous and addictive narcotics are. They start as legal entities, and can transform into something destructive and should be handled responsibly.
Reinhardt was released on $5,000 bond and is due in court for a preliminary hearing Dec. 4.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both.