Nurse practitioner Rools Deslouches gets 6 years for oxycodone pills – Newsday

Rools Deslouches, 42, seen here in an undated photo, pled guilty to providing oxycodone illegally in November 2013. (Credit: Handout)

A Brentwood nurse practitioner was sentenced Thursday to 6 years and 9 months in prison for illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills to drug dealers and addicts.

Rools Deslouches, 42, a Haitian immigrant, also will be subject to 3 years of supervised release and be barred from employment in the medical field.

In the Central Islip courtroom, U.S. District Court

A Brentwood nurse practitioner was sentenced Thursday to 6 years and 9 months in prison for illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills to drug dealers and addicts.

Rools Deslouches, 42, a Haitian immigrant, also will be subject to 3 years of supervised release and be barred from employment in the medical field.

In the Central Islip courtroom, U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein said the sentence will “send message to the public of how serious this particular drug is.”

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Federal prosecutors said Deslouches was “a drug dealer in a lab coat.” Officials said he distributed the painkillers — 422,000 pills — between October 2011 and February 2012 to about 300 people.

He knew most of his clients, who either were drug dealers or addicts, officials said. One-third of the patients had criminal records for narcotics-related offenses, officials said. Prosecutors said in their complaint he would charge up to $200 for brief visits that “always resulted” with oxycodone prescriptions.

Deslouches told the court Thursday that America has given him and his family a better chance at life, and he was fortunate to go to college and graduate here.

And he said he was remorseful. “I’m begging you for leniency,” he said, asking Feuerstein for a second chance.

Deslouches pleaded guilty last November to illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone. He is one of several medical professionals who has pleaded guilty since an intensive crackdown on illegal distribution of oxycodone on Long Island began in 2011 following the slaying of four people at a Medford pharmacy by drug addict David Laffer, who was stealing painkillers.

Deslouches’ attorney, Lisa Scolari of Manhattan, told Feuerstein that he came from humble beginnings in Haiti, including sleeping on the dirt, and often sent money home for years. Scolari said Deslouches takes responsibility for his actions, but he was poorly trained by a doctor.

“He was making a lot of money by dispensing drugs clearly inappropriately. . . . It’s nobody’s fault but his,” the judge said.

Scolari sought 4 years in prison or suggested Deslouches, who spoke French, be allowed to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, using his training to work with Ebola patients in West Africa instead.

“He’s willing, judge, to risk his life,” she said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Canty opposed that idea, saying Deslouches “can’t be properly trusted to treat patients here.”

Deslouches knew his actions were wrong and “there was no gray area,” he said.

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