Orthopedic surgeon Johnny Clyde Benjamin, Jr., 52, practicing in Vero Beach, Florida, gets life in prison, after having been convicted at trial of participating in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Furanyl Fentanyl which resulted in death.
The evidence presented at the trial established that on September 1, 2016, a young woman who resided in Wellington, Florida died after overdosing on counterfeit oxycodone pills. The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.
The pills contained a Fentanyl analog, Furanyl Fentanyl, as the active ingredient. Furanyl Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, many times more powerful than street level heroin or oxycodone.
Following a toxicology analysis, the Office of the District Medical Examiner of Palm Beach County attributed the cause of decedent’s death to the Fentanyl.
An extensive investigation by law enforcement identified Dr. Benjamin as the source of the Fentanyl pills that caused the decedent’s death.
The investigation also revealed that Dr. Benjamin was involved with the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit oxycodone pills, outside the South Florida area.