Oxycodone Ice Cream Man Pleads Guilty

Staten Island man accused of selling black market painkillers out of ice cream truck

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    A man has admitted selling black-market prescription painkillers out of his ice cream truck in New York City.

    Louis Scala pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy and drug possession. He didn't speak beyond admitting his crime by giving basic answers to a judge's questions.

    He has been promised a 3 ½-year prison term. His sentencing is set for Oct. 18.

    Scala was accused of being a leader of a Staten Island-based drug trafficking ring that illegally sold nearly 43,000 oxycodone pills, worth $1 million on the street.

    The city Special Narcotics Prosecutor's office says the group filled phony oxycodone prescriptions at pharmacies, and then Scala sold most of the pills from his ice cream truck.

    Authorities say the 29-year-old Scala would dole out treats to children, then sell oxycodone to customers.