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How TSA Officers were Arrested for Assisting in Drug Trafficking

How TSA Officers were Arrested for Assisting in Drug Trafficking

When police officers and other law enforcement personnel abuse their authority to make a profit, it will usually end up in headlines. This particular case busted TSA Agents and a Florida Trooper accused of assisting drug traffickers in their efforts to peddle prescription pain pills across the country. Prescription pain pill trafficking seem to be one of the hottest topics in the crime world recently. Drug Trafficking TSA Agents Three Transportation Security Administration officers and two other law enforcement officers were arrested, according to WTPV News. They face charges of accepting cash or gift cards in exchange for permitting prescription drug dealers to move tens of thousands of highly addictive prescription drugs such as Oxycodone through airports and across highways. The TSA officers were based at airports in Florida and… […]

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How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

How Pain Clinics in South Florida have been Skirting New Laws

A consistent headline in the news is how pain clinics are a growing problem. South Florida is considered to be the hotspot for pain clinics and by proxy, prescription drug trafficking. Doctors at pain clinics have an underhanded reputation for handing out prescriptions like they’re candy for highly addictive drugs like Oxycodone. As law enforcement continues to crack down on drug traffickers disguised as pain clinics, drug traffickers continue to find loopholes around the law. Pain Clinic Central in South Florida WPTV News reports that Florida’s drug czar is warning South Florida law enforcement about potential loopholes that pill mills have found. The number of pain clinics trying to establish themselves as pharmacies has surged recently causing law enforcement to start sweating. While pain clinics do rake in a significant… […]

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How Will the New Prescription Drug Law Affect You?

How Will the New Prescription Drug Law Affect You?

Last week, the pill mill brothers finally made an appearance in court facing federal weapons charges and murder charges all in relation to the prescription drug mills they are accused of running in South Florida. Clearly lawmakers are attempting to react to the surge of prescription drug trafficking proliferating throughout Broward County attracting doctor shoppers and drug dealers all the way from states like Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Pill Mill Regulation The regulation of pill mills has finally made its way into law. According to an article in WPTV News, pharmacists are now required by law to enter certain patients’ information into a statewide database that will monitor prescriptions of highly addictive prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Ambien. This requirement does not apply to anti-depressants or blood pressure… […]

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Update: Pill Mill Brothers Face a Judge

Update: Pill Mill Brothers Face a Judge

The pill mill brothers, Chris and Jeff George, were indicted in October of last year on federal weapons charges. The two were indicted and arrested along with several doctors working for them in their pain clinics after amassing millions from their pain clinics. The brothers were living a lavish lifestyle while the doctors they employed supplied prescription pills to drug traffickers and dealers pouring in from Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. Prescription Pill Trafficking and Weapons Charges Now, Jeff George is facing second-degree felony murder charges in the overdose death of Joey Bartolucci, who visited one of his pain clinics in January of 2009. Chris and Jeff George finally faced the judge Wednesday morning after the prolonged federal and state crackdown on the George’s cash-only pain clinics came to a… […]

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Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

Can Oxycodone Busts Happen Outside of Pain Clinics?

South Florida is known as the pain pill capital of the United States. Prescription drug schemes can be found anywhere but the most common place for it is in pain clinics spearheaded by doctors trying to make an illegal profit. Recently, a prescription drug bust occurred at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach. Usually, doctors in pain clinics try to make a quick profit by skimping on medical exams and providing prescription drugs like oxycodone to patients who don’t necessarily need it. Pain clinics are a huge problem in the effort against prescription drug trafficking and the law is cracking down. Prescription Drug Trafficking in Riviera Beach In Riviera Beach, a seven month undercover investigation has come to a close at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera… […]

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Should Doctors at Pain Clinics be Worried?

Should Doctors at Pain Clinics be Worried?

Law enforcement officers in South Florida are cracking down on pain clinics. The FDLE and DEA are very concerned with the amount of prescription pain pills that are being illegally peddled through pain clinics. The doctors of several pain clinics have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking. There is usually a residual charge of fraud as well. A criminal defense lawyer can explain the whole process if you have been charged with drug trafficking. Pill Mill in West Palm Beach West Palm Beach doctor Dr. John Christensen is under investigation after the FDLE conducted a raid on his pain clinics and home, totaling in a raid of four locations. Dr. Christensen has not been arrested or charged with any crime but due to the multi-agency investigation, his license to… […]

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Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

Why it’s Dangerous to be a Pain Clinic Doctor in Palm Beach County

There have been three pain clinic raids in the last 10 days in Palm Beach County. According to an article in WPTV news, Palm Beach County Police have been sweeping the county and cracking down on unregistered pain clinics and digging up more information on clinics that seem to be participating in suspicious activities. If you are a doctor or an owner of a pain clinic, tread with caution as you are now in the spot light of Palm Beach County Police. Pain Clinics Under Scrutiny According to the article, a Boca Raton doctor is behind bars, accused of handing out pain medications. Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies raided the Southern Care Pain Management and Wellness Center in Palm Springs Friday. This is the third raid of a suspected pain… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone trafficking is starting to outperform the cocaine boom of South Florida. Broward County, known as the pain pill capital of the U.S. has some of the most prominent painkiller trafficking cases to date. Another Doctor Trafficking Pain Killers According to an article in WPTV News, 54-year-old Dr. Barry Michael Schultz, a Delray Beach doctor, is accused of prescribing an extremely excess amount of painkillers to dozens of patients and requiring them to fill their prescriptions at his own office dispensary and pay cash. Authorities say the Schultz Medical Group/Barry Schultz M.D. was not registered with the Florida Department of Health to operate as a pain management clinic. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted when the pharmacist-owner of a Tru-Valu Drugs store called about a patient of Schultz’s… […]

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How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

How Law Enforcement Officers are Caught Trafficking Oxycodone

It’s always amazing to see law enforcement officers caught committing crimes. Usually the crimes they commit involve police brutality or abuse of power. This week, a Broward Sheriff’s sergeant has been booked into the Palm Beach County Jail for a different reason. Sgt. John Goodbread and his wife are accused of Oxycodone trafficking and prescription fraud. Sgt. Goodbread, 42, has been with the Broward Sheriff’s Office for a little over two decades. He has actually been suspended with pay as the investigation continues, says sheriff’s spokeswoman Dani Moschella, according to WPTV News. Doctor Shopping The Broward Sheriff’s Office alerted Palm Beach County Sheriff’s detectives of a distinct possibility Sgt. Goodbread and his wife had been “doctor shopping.” Doctor shopping is the practice of acquiring prescription drugs from several different doctors.… […]

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Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Drug Trafficking Charges Will Spike with Pill Mill Raids

Broward County is famous for being considered the pill mill headquarters of the United States. People travel from all over, especially from states like Ohio and Pennsylvania to buy pills such as Oxycodone from various pain clinics. An article in WPTV News reports a new raid that has been launched against pain clinics in south Florida: Federal and local drug agents are conducting a series of pain clinic raids in Palm Beach and Broward Counties this morning in a major enforcement action, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. In Palm Beach County, the raids are focusing on five doctors operating in four separate pain clinics across the county. The effort is the culmination of a lengthy investigation expected to yield federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges, the sources… […]

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