Madera Pharmacist pleads guilty to trafficking opiate pills

The pharmacist trafficked over 200,000 pills to two other defendants.

A Madera pharmacist pleaded guilty on Monday to trafficking hundreds of thousands of opiate pills. 

Ifeanyi Vincent Ntukogu, 49, and Kelo White, 43 – both residents of Fresno – entered their guilty pleas to conspiring to distribute and distributing oxycodone and hydrocodone. 


Driving the news: Court records show that Ntugo, a pharmacist in Madera, dispensed over 200,000 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills based on prescriptions delivered to him by White and co-Defendant Donald Ray Pierre, 55. 

  • They knew the pills were forged and fraudulent. 
  • Ntukogu reviewed the prescriptions and rejected the ones that he believed regulators would deem suspicious. 
  • Ntukogu dispensed the pills through New Life Pharmacy and required cash payments from White and Pierre. 

What we’re watching: Ntukogu and White are scheduled to be sentenced on Sep. 23 and face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge. 

  • Pierre was previously convicted and sentenced to nine years and four months in prison. 
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