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Pearl River Man Accused of Illegal Sale of Prescription Drugs from His Home

D.A.: Large amounts of prescription drugs seized by Drug Task Force, Orangetown Police.

An investigation by the Rockland County Drug Task Force and Orangetown Police into illegal sales of prescription drugs led to today's arrest of a Pearl River man accused of selling drugs out of his home, according to District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

Zugibe said large quantities of prescription drugs - sold on the streets for up to $30 per pill - were seized with the arrest of Richard Lennox of 111 E. Washington Ave. Zugibe said the arrest stemmed from an investigation of suspicious activity in Pearl River.

County detectives and Orangetown police officers, Zugibe said, conducted numerous surveillance operations and checked the background of people coming in contact with Lennox, including a so-called "buyer beware" operation. Zugibe said information from these operations led to the conclusion that the suspicious activity was drug-related.

Lennox is accused of selling the prescription medication oxycodone from his home, as well as open-air distribution locations in Pearl River. Zugibe said other drugs seized include including hydrocodone and cyclobenzaprine.

Lennox was arraigned in Rockland County Court in New City by Judge William K. Nelson, who set bail at $2,000.

Kathy Joanes February 17, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Most landlords could care less about what goes on in their apartments or houses as long as the renter pays the rent. And most drug dealers will be prompt payers, after all, they have the extra cash and don't want to bring attention to themselves.
Harvey Cedars February 17, 2013 at 07:32 PM
@Catfish...I like the sarcasm but you touch on part of the problem. A lot of folks get worked up on town employee patronage and whether we should close a golf course or what we should with RPC. I will grant you those issues are serious but imho this drug arrest , coupled with the pizzeria on middletown rd getting shut down for drug activity are moreserious. Yet if the patch comment section is our gauge, there is still apathy or heads in the sands
Jim "Catfish" Hunter February 17, 2013 at 07:55 PM
My cynicism gets the better of me sometimes, and you are going to find patronage anywhere you go. But I agree with you in that the more serious of the issues is an increase of drug related activity. Certainly more prevalent than even 10-15 years ago. I fear it is symptomatic of a longer term decline in quality of life and safety for our town. As a parent, I am apprehensive about our future.
Stacey Maher February 20, 2013 at 02:31 PM
It is my understanding that when you purchase a home anywhere a mortgage application is required. In that application you must reveal," the source of funds". Additionally a credit check is done, an employment verification, income tax returns, etc. That is a background check.
Pat July 16, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Even bigger problems are looming for our town. The Pearl River I grew up in has changed drastically and even bigger changes are just over the horizon. Heads in the sand will not work anymore.

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