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NYC comptroller candidate, ex-madam arrested for selling prescription drugs

Kristin Davis, the ex-madam turned candidate for New York City comptroller, has been arrested for selling prescription drugs.

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the assistant director-in-charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI announced Tuesday that Davis was arrested in Manhattan on Monday.

The former madam is set to appear in federal court Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint, Davis is charged with four counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances, including pills containing Oxycodone, Amphetamine, Alprazolam, Zolpidem and Carisoprodol.

“As alleged, Kristin Davis sold prescription pills not once, but rather four different times in four months to an FBI cooperating witness,” Venizelos said in a statement. “This type of criminal activity is illegal for citizens, and is especially unbecoming for a person seeking public office in the City of New York.”

The complaint spells out three occasions between January 2013 and March 2013 in which Davis sold hundreds of prescription pills to a “cooperating witness,” and a fourth occasion in April when Davis arranged for another individual to sell to the witness.

According to the complaint, Davis knew the witness as a drug dealer. The witness was arrested in December 2012 and agreed to work with the FBI and government in the hope of receiving leniency on sentencing for his charges.

Each of Davis’ four counts carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to the FBI.

“Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in this country, resulting in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and this Office has a zero tolerance policy towards anyone who helps to spread this plague at any level,” Bharara said.

Davis’ opponents in the race for comptroller include Manhattan borough President Scott Stringer and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, for whom Davis supplied hookers.

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