A former Woodstock pharmacist is facing a decade in federal prison after admitting to stealing and selling drugs and defrauding the Ontario Drug Benefit plan.
Yogesh Patel, 47, stole 3,000 fentanyl and 1,500 hydromorphone patches with a street value of about $1 million between 2013 and 2016 from a Rexall Pharmacy in Woodstock.
Last April, the Kitchener resident admitted to stealing the drugs for the purpose of trafficking and forging documents for about 150 prescriptions.
Patel’s lawyer Jim Dean wasn’t surprised by the lengthy sentence, given all the attention being paid to the nation-wide opioid crisis.
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