Local Pharmacist Charged With Selling Drugs Without Prescriptions

Federal agents took Leonard 'Lenny' Stefanelli of West Orange Pharmacy into custody on Monday.


A West Orange pharmacist has been arrested and charged for selling oxycodone to those without a prescription, according to authorities. 

Leonard “Lenny” Stefanelli, 48, of East Hanover, is part-owner and head pharmacist of the West Orange Pharmacy Inc., at 443 Main St. He was arrested Monday by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Stefanelli is being charged by the US Attorney’s Office. Stefanelli made bail on Monday, but no date has been set for his arraignment, said Matthew Reilly, spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey. 

Agents from the federal agency could be seen at the pharmacy on Monday morning and afternoon taking boxes in and out of the store. Both the federal agency and West Orange police had the pharmacy closed during that time. 

Stefanelli reportedly sold oxycodone to “confidential sources" on six separate occasions between Feb. 1 and Aug. 6, 2012, according to a criminal complaint issued in Newark by the US District Court on Sept. 7.

In one instance around Feb. 8, a source bought OxyCotin from Stefanelli in two 200-count tablet bottles for $1,800. The source did not have a prescription, nor did Stefanelli ask for one. 

Oxycodone is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine, but twice as potent, according to the complaint. It also has a high risk of being abused. The drug is used in OxyCotin, which is manufactured by Purdue Pharma. 

Calls for comment to the pharmacy were denied. The pharmacy is currently still open. 

Alexandra DeRonde September 20, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Well I dont have more than good wishes for Lenny, Bill, Bob and the ladies there, everyone always being nothing but courteous and friendly to me and my family! not sure what are the circumstances or details and the true dont need to know them either. My prayers are with Lenny and the whole WO Pharmacy, my family's pharmacy. Alex DeRonde
Joe F September 23, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Samantha, leave your bubble already. Maybe you should try paying attention to national news. Once you get a hang of that, try international news. DEA are unsung heros protecting you and your family from the likes of Lenny. Nice guys are able to do bad things. Here's one that was finally caught. Thank you DEA.
Jerry Jammer December 01, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Not believing what you read may have merit sometimes.Naive is what is happening here.Like the other comment "for years" is very true.The so called helped "patrons" have been conned.My mother repeatedly was short on here pain meds from this Drug store every month. when we complained the next month her pills did not work.He is a professional who to an oath.every pill is counted.FYI to pull off this he needed to account for every single pill he sold illegally had to come from somewhere .from shorting his "patron' or bogus pills.Stone throwers? He put his hand down and took an Oath? Perjury.Tax & insurance fraud ,Theft ,drug dealing because he can't compete with CVS.Killing our kids and he a nice guy?No moral fiber None ..better check yourself.I would dig holes to feed my kids before anything this evil.Sick defenders
Jerry Jammer December 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
As i commented before you all have been conned. EVERY pill has to be accounted for to do this he was short on every pain pill he sold to his "patron" .I caught him doing that to me after when I had surgery.I counted the pills twice in front of him and both times they where short. same thing to my mother. You simply can not just sell them.again BY LAW every pill must be accounted for.How did he come up with 200? was this the 1st time? NO WAY .This was a pill scam for profit.You all where robbed and scammed by this criminal. Was all the pills he sold real? You have to ask yourself that.These pills ended up on the street and sold for 30 to 40$ a piece and by who? Boy Scouts? No gangs, yes street gangs.Did you pray for our kids? !st they get hooked on pills run out of money then start shooting the much cheaper dope. Yea I'll pray for you Lenny.I'll pray you get what you deserve
Charles Burns February 26, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Usually the ones who can make bail are the worst offenders. Wonder how he could afford to do that?


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