A suspended Atlantic County doctor has pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges along with additional defendants who admitted their roles in the crime, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Alan Faustino, 50, of Absecon, pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, OxyContin, and admitted to his role in placing thousands of OxyContin pills on the streets of Atlantic County, according to a statement from the Prosecutor’s Office.
In 2015, Faustino was arrested for his role in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of prescription narcotics, specifically opioids, to hundreds of Atlantic County residents. He was charged for writing prescriptions to patients he had never met or treated. Faustino’s co-defendants filled the prescriptions, either in their name or not, to sell them on the street. The defendants recruited people to participate in the scheme who were admitted opioid addicts.
Along with Faustino, six defendants have pleaded guilty for their roles in the trafficking scheme:
• Jason Cylc, 42, of Brigantine, bought large quantities of pills from patients below street value and sold them on the street.
• Ashley Channell, 29, and Kara Minchin, 30, both of Galloway Township, both worked in Austino’s office and reminded patients to refill their prescriptions.
• Stephen Sklar, 71, and Jeffrey Millman, both of Atlantic City, and Claudio Valentin, 36, of Egg Harbor Township, assisted in the scheme.