A former Wilmington medical practitioner was indicted Thursday with conspiracy to distribute, and distribution, of oxycodone.
Acting United States Department of Justice Attorney David C. Weiss announced the charges for Dr. Charles Esham, of Wilmington, on October 12, 2017.
According to officials, the 76-count indictment alleged that, between December 2012 and February 2016, Dr. Esham had illegally prescribed more than 7,000 oxycodone pills to his co-conspirators, and other individuals.
In securing the indictment, authorities maintained that Esham had "issued the prescriptions outside the course of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purpose." Officials confirmed that Esham no longer holds an active Delaware medical license.
If convicted, Charles Esham would face up to 20 years in prison for each count.
"The charges against Dr. Esham illustrate our office's commitment to combat those who contribute to the opioid crisis, whether they deal drugs on the street or out of a medical office," U.S. Attorney Weiss vowed in a statement announcing the charges.
The agencies which contributed to the investigation included Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Newark Police Department, Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police Department, Maryland State Police, Wilmington Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, University of Delaware Police Department, and Philadelphia Police Department.