Rools Deslouches, nurse practitioner, gets over 6 years for illegally … – 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, who pleaded guilty last November, will also be subject to 3 years of supervised released and be barred from employment in the medical field.

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

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, who pleaded guilty last November, will also be subject to 3 years of supervised released and be barred from employment in the medical field.

In the Central Islip courtroom, U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein said the sentence demonstrated “the seriousness” of the crime.

DataCrime numbers on LI MapLI crime and police reports PhotosRecent LI mug shots

She said it would also “send a message to the public of how serious this particular drug is.”

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

He knew most of his clients, who were either drug dealers or addicts, officials said.

One-third of the patients, whom Deslouches charged $200 to $400 per prescription, had criminal records for narcotics-related offenses, according to officials.

Deslouches, a Haitian immigrant, told Feuerstein he was blessed with the opportunity to go to college and graduate school in the United States. And he was remorseful, he said.

“I’m begging you for leniency,” he told Feuerstein, asking her for a second chance in life.

Deslouches’ attorney Lisa Scolari called her client an “extraordinary person,” who came from humble beginnings in Haiti, including sleeping on a dirt floor, and often sent money back home for years.

She acknowledged her client’s wrongdoing, but said he was poorly trained by a doctor.

Feuerstein rejected that argument.

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

Scolari had sought 4 years in prison or suggested that her client, who spoke French, would agree to volunteer to work with Ebola patients in West Africa.

“He’s willing, judge, to risk his life,” Scolari said. “It would be a horrible waste to send him to jail if he’s willing to do that.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael P. Canty said Deslouches knew his actions were wrong.

“The evidence is clear, there was no gray area,” Canty said in court.

Canty also opposed the idea of sending Deslouches to West Africa to do community service instead.

“This individual can’t be properly trusted to treat patients here,” Canty said.

Canty and Scolari both declined comment after the sentencing.

More than a dozen people attended in support of Deslouches, including a daughter, who also declined to comment.

Deslouches is one of several medical professionals who have pleaded guilty since a crackdown on illegal distribution of oxycodone on Long Island began in 2011, following David Laffer‘s murder of four people in a Medford pharmacy while stealing painkillers.

See more here:
Rools Deslouches, nurse practitioner, gets over 6 years for illegally … – Newsday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *