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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Man admits he sold oxycodone out of Staten Island ice cream truck

Customers would ask for the "special" sprinkles.
A literal "good humor" man will spend the next three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty today to selling massive quantities of prescription oxycodone out of his Staten Island ice cream truck.
It had been an open secret that Louis Scala Jr. sold soft-serve and hard drugs -- $20-a-pop "oxy's" -- out of his green-and-white Lickety Split truck, city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan had said in announcing the kooky case back in March.
Scala, 29, and the son of a Manhattan cop, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court today to conspiracy and drug possession charges.
Louis Scala Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug charges.
Louis Scala Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug charges.
Officials said Scala would sell actual ice cream on his regular route, then park his truck outside his house in Pleasant Plains.
He'd sell to a few more kids, then deal oxy's to the adult customers who'd been waiting for him in cars parked up and down the street, officials charged. New customers got a price break to hook them in, officials noted.
"It did get a little frustrating when [Scala's truck] would be out there at nine o'clock at night," one neighbor complained to The Post back when the case broke.
"I'd think, why the hell is he selling ice cream at night?"
Scala had been a major player in a drug ring that netted about $1 million in the course of a year -- pumping a total 43,000 pills into the borough's Rx-drug black market, officials had said.
Co-defendant Joseph Zaffuto, 39 -- a convicted Luchese racketeer -- is still awaiting trial on charges he conspired with Scala in recruiting two dozen runners to help fill stolen prescriptions at pharmacies throughout the city.
Nancy Wilkins, 40, of Brooklyn, has already pleaded guilty to selling blank prescription pad pages to the ring for $100 apiece through her then-job with a Manhattan orthopedic surgeon. She was sentenced in June to six months jail and five years probation.


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