Warren County Indictments Linked to Butler County Pharmacy
According to an article in The Daily News (Deborah Highland, November 4, 2011), approximately 26,000 schedule II prescription pills taken from a Butler County pharmacy has resulted in four Warren County indictments. The undercover investigation, which is being spearheaded by the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, began in May following an "undercover morphine purchase."
According to the Daily News article, the ensuing investigation led to an unidentified Butler County pharmacy, where an employee allegedly and without the knowledge of the employer, stole pills and gave them to another person for the purpose of selling them on the black market.
The four individuals indicted last week were charged with engaging in organized crime for the purpose of trafficking in controlled substances. The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force is not releasing the name of the Butler County pharmacy employee or the identity of the business as the undercover investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected in the coming days.
Dilaudid, Roxicodone, Opana, and Methadone are among the controlled drugs taken with a street value estimated in the "hundreds of thousands of dollars."
According to the Daily News article, the Warren County Grand Jury indicted Angela Stine, 24, 43 Rocky Court, on an allegation of engaging in organized crime; Evan Currie, 20, whose address is listed as the Warren County Regional Jail, on an allegation of engaging in organized crime and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance; Fernando Lopez-Lucero, 25, 1102 Payne St., on an allegation of engaging in organized crime, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of marijuana; and Samantha Richardson, 29, 1102 Payne St., on an allegation of engaging in organized crime, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and being a persistent felony offender.
“It was determined that over 26,000 schedule II pills had been diverted from the pharmacy,” Scott said. “The pharmacist was ultimately a victim in this, as well as society,” said Bowling Green Police Department Detective Jason Scott, as quoted by The Daily News. Detective Scott is assigned to the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force.
Task Force Director Tommy Loving told Beech Tree News there are "sealed indictments" associated with this case and additional arrests are expected.
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Editor's Note: Information for this story obtained from and used with the permission of The Daily News.