- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A Madison pharmacist has been convicted of conspiring with a doctor to distribute an addictive painkiller.

Srinivasa Raju was found guilty on Thursday of conspiracy and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. The 44-year-old faces from three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 when he’s sentenced in July.

Prosecutors say Raju provided oxycodone to some cash-paying customers who did not have prescriptions. Authorities say he conspired with Dr. Vincent Esposito of Madison to write prescriptions to cover their activities.

Esposito, who is a former councilman in Madison, pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and surrendered his medical license. He’s awaiting sentencing.

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