A nine-month operation in Manatee County has led to dozens of arrests for prescription drug fraud, possession and trafficking. Oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine were among the drugs seized in the operation.
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June 28, 2010
Bradenton Drug Bust – Police Continue Their Efforts To Slow Illegal Prescription Drugs In Florida
May 19, 2010
Tampa Oxycodone Crime – Hillsborough Passes Emergency Ordinance To Fight Prescription Drug Crime
The Hillsborough County Commission acted today to slow down illegal pain killers on Tampa streets. They are hoping to reduce the overdoses and crime surrounding drugs like Oxycodone.
May 17, 2010
Florida Oxycodone Crime – Hernando County Oxycodone Bust Results In 23 Arrests
Oxycodone crimes in Florida are on the rise. The illegal prescription drug trade in Tampa Bay was described as an epidemic by a local sheriff.
May 13, 2010
Tampa Drug Crime News – More Than 135 Drug Arrest Warrants Issued And 5,000 Pills Recovered
There were plenty of drug arrests around Tampa and Hillsborough County Thursday. Illegal prescription narcotics like Oxycodone and Xanax were seized in the drug busts.
April 19, 2010
Florida Oxycodone Dealer Calls Police To Report His Stolen Pills
A Hernando County man has been charged with drug trafficking and making a false police report after he called deputies and told them his Oxycodone and Methadone had been stolen. According to 10 Connects, Mark Andrew Davis, Sr. told deputies he was robbed of his prescription pills after he left Nature Coast Pharmacy but according to law enforcement it was a drug deal gone bad.
The suspect in the case allegedly admitted to police he was planning on selling his prescription drugs for $800 to the man who robbed him. Davis had just picked up 180 tablets of Oxycodone and 120 Methadone pills.
April 7, 2010
Mother Who Supplied Teen Son With Oxycodone Pleads Guilty To Contributing To His Fatal Overdose
Linda Courtright is facing 20 years to life in federal prison after pleading guilty to a drug distribution charge in Tampa today. The 36-year-old admitted to supplying her 15-year-old son with the oxycodone that eventually killed him in a drug overdose. Nicholas Block was found to have oxycodone, cocaine and alprazolam in his system when he died.
The story surrounding Block’s death is as sad as it is shocking. Block had already been in trouble with the law following a marijuana charge but the details of what took place in a Budget Inn Motel on the night of his death are just astounding.…
April 7, 2010
Sarasota Homicide Detective Arrested For Illegally Obtaining Prescription Painkillers
Sgt. Chris Hallisey has been arrested for illegally acquiring prescription painkillers. The Sarasota homicide detective is accused of lying to doctors to obtain illegal prescription drugs. According to a report on My Fox TampaBay, Hallisey was under investigation by his own department for several weeks.
The story details how deputies contacted doctors who they believed supplied oxycodone to the homicide investigator who was the lead detective in the murder of Carlie Brucia. He was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1980 and has been placed on administrative leave. He is out on $360 bond.…
March 30, 2010
Prescription Fraud Sentences Handed Out By Federal Judge In Pinellas
A group of five people involved in a Pinellas prescription drug ring were sentenced to prison terms ranging from nearly four years to seven years. The prescription fraud involved the painkiller oxycodone. All five of the participants pled guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone.
The prescription fraud involved the manufacturing of fake prescriptions that had valid DEA numbers on them. The group would supply cell phone numbers to the doctors who allegedly wrote the prescriptions but the calls went to co-conspirators not doctors. The fake prescriptions for the painkillers were submitted at three Pinellas pharmacies.…
March 30, 2010
Teenage Girl Arrested On Drug Charges For Selling Prescription Pills At Her High School
A 17-year-old high school student is under arrest in Hernando County for selling prescription drugs at her high school. Laura Sitaro was arrested at Central High School in Hernando Beach on Monday and was taken to Hernando County jail. According to 10Connects.com, the girl has admitted to selling
According to police reports, Sitaro said she had been selling the pills for about a week and along with Xanax she was selling Flexural and Coricidin. The pills were being sold for anywhere from $2 to $5. Coricidin is an over-the-counter drug for pain-relief and allergies. Flexural is a prescription drug for muscle spasms.…
March 26, 2010
Bradenton Drug And Weapon Charges Filed Against A Man Passed Out In Front Of A Nightclub
A Cadillac parked in front of a Manatee bar after 3:00 a.m. drew the suspicion of a sheriff’s deputy early Friday morning. A Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the car parked outside the Distellery. When she pulled up the engine was running and Adam C. McDemid was passed out behind the wheel.
According to the deputy, she saw a marijuana pipe in plain view and then had the 32-year-old exit his car. At that point she reported smelling burnt marijuana. The deputy searched the vehicle and found a loaded handgun under the seat. The gun was reported stolen according to the report on Bradenton.com.…