BUFFALO - A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a Jamestown woman with unlawful distribution of pain killers, U.S. attorney William Hochul announced.
Samilyn Olson, 46, was indicted on 17 counts for distributing oxycodone, obtaining oxycodone through fraud, forgery and subterfuge and conspiring to do so.
The conspiracy and distribution counts each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The remaining counts each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Hochul said.
Olson worked as a nurse at the Jamestown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 608 W. Third St., which provides medical services to Veterans Affairs patients.
It is alleged that between May and September 2010, Olson on eight occasions stole prescription forms from a nurse practitioner at the clinic, forged a name and wrote prescriptions for oxycodone.
The prescriptions were then filled by Olson or others at a local pharmacy in Jamestown, said assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch.
Olson made an initial court appearance Thursday in Buffalo and was released.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Veterans Affairs Office, Office of Inspector General, the Veterans Affairs Police Department and the Jamestown Police Department.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said illegal prescription drug sales remain a problem for law enforcement agencies. He noted pain killers, in particular, are being sold at a high volume.
"Absolutely it's huge," Gerace said. "There's a market for it, and prescription drugs continue to be sold all over."
The sheriff said many drug users have switched to heroin, due to high costs of obtaining many pain killers.
"It's very troubling how addictive these drugs are," he said. "The trade value in them is amazing."
Said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, "Prescription drug use is off the charts. Some of these pills are going for $10-$20. ... It's a never-ending battle for police."