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Getaway driver of ‘opioid bandits’ sentenced

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He couldn’t get away from this.

The getaway driver of an “opioid bandits” crew that stole oxycodone pills from pharmacies in Mill Basin, Marine Park, and East Flatbush will be spending up to 10 years in prison.

Canarsie resident Jeff Roselien got slapped with the sentence for his role in the four gunpoint robberies. Roselien pleaded guilty last November to a robbery and firearms charge, and was the last member of the gang of four to be sentenced, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“The defendants have now been held accountable for contributing to the deadly opioid epidemic and endangering the community,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue. “This Office, together with our law enforcement partners, will continue to vigorously prosecute those who seek to profit from this epidemic.”

Roselien, along with Gregory St. Juste, Wensley Paul, and Max Narcisse, Jr., were accused of committing a string of armed robberies at pharmacies in the neighborhoods in August and September of 2016, taking thousands of dollars worth of prescription pills, cash, cigarettes and cellphones. Paul was sentenced to nine years last August, St. Juste got eight years in January, and Narcisse, Jr., received more than nine years in April.

Roselien received a longer sentence because prosecutors said he was involved in more robberies and had a longer criminal record, according to a U.S. Attorney spokesman.

Roselien admitted to driving the getaway car for the thefts. Police pulled him over last September after recognizing his car from previous robberies, and found stolen items and a gun in a search. Police then arrested the four men, who were all in the car at the time, according to the office.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as local police assisted the U.S. Attorney’s office with the case.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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