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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Essex County, N.J., Pharmacist, 15 Others, Charged With Illegal Drug Distribution

NEWARK, N.J. - A Belleville, New Jersey, pharmacist and 15 others were charged today for their roles in a scheme to fraudulently obtain and distribute oxycodone, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

The defendants are each charged by criminal complaint with a single count of conspiring to possess and distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Federal agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad arrested 12 of the defendants today and two on Aug. 12, 2014. The defendants in custody are making their initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. Two defendants remain at large.

According to the complaint:

Using confidential sources, physical surveillance, and recorded text messages and telephone calls, investigators with the DEA discovered that members and suppliers of a drug trafficking organization (DTO) secured prescriptions for oxycodone and other controlled substances from various doctors in New Jersey, filled them at pharmacies in Belleville and elsewhere, and sold the drugs for a profit. The investigation identified Victoria Horvath, 42, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, as a senior member of the DTO, who obtained and filled prescriptions for controlled substances and then distributed them.

Vincent Cozzarelli, 77, of Belleville, is a pharmacist and owner of Rossmore Pharmacy in Belleville. The investigation revealed that Cozzarelli supplied Victoria Horvath and the DTO with oxycodone and other controlled substances even though he knew the prescriptions were fraudulently obtained and that the DTO would illegally distribute the controlled substances.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the DEA under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl. J Kotowski for the investigation leading to the arrests. He also thanked the Belleville and Elizabeth police departments for their contribution to the case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlton A. Rugg of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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DEFENDANT

AGE

RESIDENCE

42

Elizabeth, New Jersey

Alexis Horvath, a/k/a “Tima”

26

Elizabeth

Rickie Horvath, a/k/a “Yoggi”

53

Elizabeth

Steven Horvath, a/k/a “Chi-Chi,”

43

Elizabeth

Tony Marco

45

Elizabeth

Vincent Cozzarelli

77

Belleville

Daniel Horvath

25

Rutherford, New Jersey

Monica Horvath, a/k/a “Becky”

20

Rutherford

Johnny Horvath

45

Rutherford

Rhonda Musallam

38

Jersey City

Sabrina Vajda

31

Brooklyn, New York

Justin Farraj, a/k/a “Blaze”

23

Newark

Robert O’Brien

57

Bloomfield, New Jersey

Brian Perez, a/k/a “B,”

21

Newark

Matthew Policarpio, a/k/a “Papi”

26

Newark

Luis Rivera, a/k/a “Tupac”

23

Bloomfield

denotes still at large

Horvath, Victoria et al. Complaint

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Victoria Horvath, a/k/a “Gypsy”
Updated August 21, 2015