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03/18/2011 09:17 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Drug Ring Sold OxyCodone Out Of Ice Cream Truck: Cops

Customers of a Lickety Split ice cream truck got more than soft serve with their orders, cops said.

The Daily News reports that police have busted a drug ring that made $1-million-a-year selling oxycodone, primarily out of an ice cream truck.

From the News:

Thirty-one people were charged with helping to distribute 42,755 tablets of oxycodone pain tablets, the generic form of the opiate Oxycontin.

The ring bought the pills with the help of a crooked medical office manager for a Manhattan orthopedic surgeon, special narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan said.

The lucrative nature of the alleged drug ring should come as no surprise to anyone who read yesterday's Daily Intel piece about the popularity of oxycodone in New York City.

From Daily Intel:

The city's special narcotics prosecutor, Bridget Brennan, testified that last year more than 1 million prescriptions for oxycodone -- the generic name for OxyContin -- were filled in the five boroughs. That means one in every eight people per capita, or roughly 13 percent of the population, has access to synthetic, temporary, highly addictive happiness in pill form.

The accused ice cream truck peddlers are not the only clever alleged drug dealers in New York.

In January, cops broke up a drug ring selling cocaine and marijuana to college students using innocuous business cards.