|Waseem Shaheen reported a knifepoint robbery at his Rideau Street I.D.A. pharmacy in October 2014, where he said a masked bandit had stolen $25,000 worth of fentanyl patches. A man had indeed entered the pharmacy and was caught on surveillance video acting out what looked like a robbery. But it was all for show, Shaheen himself was trafficking.|
His co-conspirator Mehdi Rostaee, a drug addict he enlisted to do the dirty work, went to robbery detectives investigating the case.
|In handing down the 14-year sentence, the judge said Shaheen, a professional entrusted with securing access to dangerous drugs, chose to traffic deadly fentanyl “that is at the forefront of the opioid crisis that is ravaging our cities.” |
The pharmacist embarked on a drug-trafficking scheme that saw him push more than 5,000 patches of the highest available strength of fentanyl over the span of two years. That scheme was worth more than $1 million.