Friday, March 9, 2018

Fentanyl-dealing pharmacist sentenced to 14 years

Waseem Shaheen reported a knifepoint robbery at his Rideau Street I.D.A. pharmacy in October 2014, where he said a masked bandit had stolen $25,000 worth of fentanyl patches. A man had indeed entered the pharmacy and was caught on surveillance video acting out what looked like a robbery. But it was all for show, Shaheen himself was trafficking.
His co-conspirator Mehdi Rostaee, a drug addict he enlisted to do the dirty work, went to robbery detectives investigating the case.
In handing down the 14-year sentence, the judge said Shaheen, a professional entrusted with securing access to dangerous drugs, chose to traffic deadly fentanyl “that is at the forefront of the opioid crisis that is ravaging our cities.”

The pharmacist embarked on a drug-trafficking scheme that saw him push more than 5,000 patches of the highest available strength of fentanyl over the span of two years. That scheme was worth more than $1 million.