JASPER COUNTY PHARMACISTS INDICTED
FOR ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jeffrey Todd Chenoweth, R. Ph., age 40, of Newton, Ill.-, and David Sherman Lustig, R. Ph., age 72, of Effingham, Ill.-, have each been arraigned on an indictment returned in Benton, Ill.- charging each with illegal distribution of Schedule II controlled substance Oxycodone and illegal distribution of Schedule III controlled substance Hydrocodone on March 21, 2011. The indictment also charges Chenoweth with illegal distribution of Schedule II controlled substance Hydromorphone. The offenses involved dispensing outside the course of professional practice. The Oxycodone and Hydromorphone offenses carry a maximum potential sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and not less than 3 years’ supervised release following imprisonment. The Hydrocodone offense carries up to10 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, and up to 3 years’ supervised release. Trial is scheduled for May 9, 2010 in Benton, Illinois.
An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of a jury.
This case was investigated by agents of the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as part of the ongoing Project Dr. Feelgood investigations in the Southern District of Illinois. Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley is assigned to the prosecution.