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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Jersey Elementary School Teacher’s Assistant Pleads Guilty To Illegally Distributing Oxycodone

Gary Dimick sold more than 25,000 30-milligram oxycodone tablets over seven years

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced that GARY DIMICK, a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school in Fort Lee, New Jersey, pled guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts to distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Gary Dimick admitted in federal court today that he sold tens of thousands of highly addictive opiates to others over a period of seven years.  He now faces serious prison time for his actions.”

HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said:  “The addiction to pain killers is a nationwide epidemic and this individual sold more than 25,000 oxycodone tablets over seven years, preying on the vulnerabilities of others.  Dimick made his acts more egregious by selling these highly addictive pills on the school grounds where he was employed.  It is time that he face the consequences of his actions.”

According to the allegations in the Information and other documents filed in federal court, as well as statements made in the public record:

Oxycodone is a highly addictive, narcotic opioid that may be prescribed by medical professionals to treat severe and chronic pain conditions.  Because of its addictive properties, however, users can abuse oxycodone, and prescriptions are in high demand, and have significant cash value to drug dealers.  From approximately 2010 to 2017, DIMICK, while employed as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school in Fort Lee, New Jersey, sold more than 25,000 30-milligram oxycodone tablets for approximately $20 to $30 per tablet.  DIMICK made some of his oxycodone sales on the grounds of the elementary school where he is employed.

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DIMICK, 33, of North Bergen, NJ, pled guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of HSI and the NYPD.

This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kiersten A. Fletcher and Robert B. Sobelman are in charge of the prosecution. 

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Updated March 13, 2018