Nesconset Mom Gets 2 Years for Dealing Oxycodone

Joanne Connelly's plea for leniency not enough to sway judge.

Despite pleas that jail time would hurt her family, Nesconset's Joanne Connelly was sentenced to 26 months in prison Wednesday for illegally dealing oxycodone, an opiate.

Connelly told U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein that she had gotten hooked on the painkillers after she hurt her back. Prosecutors said Connelly ended up selling hundreds of the pills.

According to Newsday, Connelly was apologetic in court.

"I am so very sorry for what I have done that I cannot put into words how ashamed and saddened I feel," Joanne Connelly, 48, of 167 Southern Blvd., said in remarks that were haltingly delivered through tears and sobs. "I realize from the events reported in the newspapers every day, the very grave consequences that arise from the abuse of the these pills."

Connelly was sentenced at the U.S. District Court in Central Islip.

The issue of illegal use of opiates in the Smithtown area has been a big concern in the community, especially given . The problem has sparked the creation of , a group that hopes to raise awareness for the drug epidemic.

At the same time, officials across the state are pushing for legislation that would create better tracking systems for dangerous prescription drugs, such as oxycodone.

Argile March 08, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Good! One down and many to go. There needs to be a national database for docs that hand out this stuff like it's candy. If she was dealing it she must have been getting a lot of it. Now I hope the police figure out where all these kids are getting heroin in our schools.
Burton S. March 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM
The opiate / heroin problem has been rampant for years in Nesconset/Smithtown. I know first hand from my experience with my son who got hooked at 14 years old, now 19 and after years of rehab is sober at the moment. It is pure hel, for all families dealing with this insidious prescription drug. I am bothered by the authors comment "especially given recent drug busts".. And the last sentence is even worse, been talking about it for YEARS and still no legislation, I'm sorry but it cannot be that hard to track Doctors prescribing activities. They could also easily track people that Doctor hop. WHY IS THIS CONTROL TAKING SOOO LONG!! My cynical mind says there is too much money in law enforcement, courts and jails to give up if the problem were eliminated!!!! I am MAD! In 2007 Perdue Pharma was fined 600M+ by the gov't for marketing the drug as being NON ADDICTIVE. This is a slap on the wrist and Peter just pays Paul a fine, and they are in bed together. Meanwhile, post 2007 the problem has just gotten worse. They are responsible for the resurgent use of Heroin in our communities. When the addicted child cannot afford Oxy pills they turn to heroin which is much cheaper on the streets. ALL the while the executives at Perdue get richer and richer and our children (and adults) suffer. GET ON IT LEGISLATURES!!!
Pam March 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Unfortunately-we have too many teens here in Smithtown who are getting hooked on metamephine laced pot and when that no longer works they move on up the ladder. To the point of burlarizing homes to get the money needed to purchase the drugs, pay attention folks-try listening to the suffolk county police scanner-it is frightening how many burglaries are happening not just here in the 4th precinct but the 6th as well, many police reports are not being reported in the local papers or blogs! Most of those being arrested are commiting these crimes to keep their addictions fed. Parents pay attention it only takes a few months- and before you know it you have lost either your child or your child's friend to the drug dealer.
Ann March 09, 2012 at 04:58 PM
You're absolutely right - too much money involved everywhere and the ease with which they can get these drugs - should be very easy to track doctors down - law enforcement and town officials just don't want to do that - it's a shame.
Ann March 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
She sorry and ashamed because she got caught - not because she knew it was wrong.
A.Smarty March 13, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Pam- marijuana is a flower. All natural. No one is wasting their money lacing pot with methamphetamine. Take off your tinfoil hat and please step away from the kool-aid
DR.PHIL TAXI March 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM


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