Three Rochester men have been charged with distributing oxycodone.
Daniel Volonino, Jr., 29, Ronald Lockwood, 43, and Michael Ingham, 23, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute and distributing oxycodone.
According to the complaint, between October 2016 and January 2017, Lockwood was prescribed oxycodone by a health care provider, for 500 30mg pills per month.
Law enforcement officers received an anonymous letter stating that Lockwood was selling the oxycodone pills to “someone named Dan-last name unknown.”
As a result of this anonymous letter, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New York State Attorney General’s Office began an investigation. The investigation included surveillance of Lockwood and the use of a GPS tracking device. A search warrant was also obtained for text messages on Lockwood’s cellular telephone.
Volonino was identified as the buyer of the oxycodone pills during the investigation. Law enforcement officers began conducting surveillance on Volonino as well. During that surveillance, defendant Ingham was also identified as a member of the conspiracy.
The three defendants were arrested Thursday morning at which time 498 oxycodone pills were seized and a large amount of cash. A Cadillac Escalade, driven by Volonino, was also seized.
Volonino, Lockwood and Ingham made an initial appearance Thursday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and were released.