Dozens arrested in drug sting at Boeing plant

    More than three dozen current and former Boeing Co. employees are facing criminal charges of buying and selling prescription drugs.

    Twenty-three Boeing employees were indicted Thursday for allegedly distributing prescription drugs. Another 14 face charges of being in possession of drugs sold by their co-workers.

    The arrests follow a four-year federal investigation at the Delaware County plant that began after Boeing officials reported what they believed was illegal prescription use.

    U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger says the drugs involved were common medications that people use incorrectly to get high.

    “Atiq, oxycodone, Xanax and Suboxone, some are pain medications, some are used to treat cancer,” Memeger said. It was “an illegal illicit market for those who want to get a high off those type of drugs.”

    Boeing does work on military aircraft at the plant in Ridley Park.

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