Brothers arrested, accused in drug case

A Kelowna man and his brother, who lives inCalgary, have been arrested for allegedly illegally obtaining and possessing the drug Oxycontin.

Calgary Police announced last week that Sammy Sandy Habib, a 46-year-old Kelowna man, and Michel Ferris Habib, a 49-year-old Kelowna resident, had been arrested following a yearlong investigation.

It is alleged the brothers obtained 85 prescriptions from more than a dozen doctors in Alberta and B.C. for various strengths of Oxycontin.

Police believe the brothers than filled the prescriptions at pharmacies in Alberta and B.C. Sometimes they allegedly filled the same prescription in both provinces, a method known as double doctoring.

Between Feb. 4, 2009 and July 15, 2010, police say the brothers were prescribed more than 67,000 Oxycontin pills, worth an estimated $3.4 million.

It is believed the medication was sold on the street for profit.

Police say Sammy Habib was arrested at his Kelowna home back on April 16, while brother Michel was arrested near his southwest Calgary home three days later.

Both brothers are facing numerous charges, including uttering a forged document, failing to disclose a previous prescription and fraud under $5,000.


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