FDLE: Prescription Drug Crack Down Leads to 76 Arrests
In a major assault on prescription drug traffickers, two Orange County pain management clinics, A-Stop Pain Management and Total Medical Express of Orlando, were closed down, in an operation that led to the arrest of 76 individuals and the seizure of more than 28,000 prescription pills.
Dubbed “Operation Pain Killer 11″, over a period of two months targeting Central Florida prescription drug traffickers, the initiative was a continuation of the cooperative by Central Florida law enforcement to combat the epidemic of prescription narcotic abuse and the danger it poses to citizens throughout Florida.
The multi-agency operation was conducted Jan. 1, 2011 through March 1, 2011.
The effort focused on traffickers in Orange, Lake, Seminole and Osceola Counties who sold prescription medications they had obtained by visiting “pill mills” throughout Florida.
The majority of the individuals were charged with trafficking in Schedule II narcotics. During the course of the operation, law enforcement agencies seized large quantities of Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Alprazolam.
FDLE said, participating agencies included, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Seminole City-County Investigative Bureau, Osceola County Investigative Bureau, Lake Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Oviedo Police Department and Florida Department of Health.