A Boca, Florida, pharmacist who pleaded guilty to trafficking oxycodone, fentanyl, and cocaine to pay off a girlfriend and another man in Florida will serve 12 years to life in prison.
The Boca County jury on Friday convicted James M. O’Neill of drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, as well as one count of tampering with evidence and five counts of tampering or concealing evidence.
The jury also found O’Neil guilty of tampering in an investigation into a 2014 overdose at his Boca-Byers, Florida-area pharmacy.
The conviction is the first of its kind in the state of Florida.
The verdict was announced in court by Assistant District Attorney James E. Davis.
The sentencing phase of the case will begin March 1 and last four months.
O’Neill’s lawyer, Joseph D. Williams, did not immediately return a call for comment.
O*Neill, 59, had pleaded guilty in August.
Prosecutors said O’Neal was caught up in a narcotics investigation when he purchased fentanyl and oxycodones.
Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller often used in the treatment of opioid-related medical conditions.
O*Neal said he bought the drugs from a man who had taken a job as a delivery driver and a woman who worked as a nurse.
The drugs were in his car when he was arrested in October 2016.
He was arrested when he got into a fight with the delivery driver at a Walmart in Boca Chica, Florida.
Prosecutors said O*Neal had been using fentanyl to treat a pain condition in his leg that had become severe after a recent surgery.