$4M prescription drug ring nabbed in Fla.

In an example of just how widespread and lucrative the illegal market for prescription drugs is, authorities in Florida have rounded up 41 of of 72 suspects in the second phase of an investigation known as “Operation No Appointment Necessary.” As a result of the probe, which began in 2010, detectives collected over 4,000 fraudulent prescriptions bearing the names of over 700 different suspects. Investigators estimate more than 400,000 oxycodone 30-milligram tablets were obtained by fraudulent means between October of 2009 and July 2010. A conservative “street value” of these pills is estimated to exceed $4 million, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. And that’s just a drop in the bucket, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Robert Alfonso told the St. Petersburg Times.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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