Federal authorities in Manhattan announced criminal charges Tuesday against the Rochester Drug Co-Operative and two of its former executives for unlawfully distributing opioids in what U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York called a first-of-its-kind prosecution.

“Our Office will do everything in its power to combat this epidemic, from street-level dealers to the executives who illegally distribute drugs from their boardrooms,” he said in a statement.

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