Two Pharmacists Charged With Trafficking Prescription Drugs – The Ledger

<p>LAKELAND | In unrelated cases, two pharmacists who work in Polk County were arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday and accused of trafficking prescription drugs.</p><p>In one investigation, an undercover detective gave a prescription for oxycontin, written by a dentist working with law enforcement, to Ashish Patel, 35, of Valrico, who works at the Med Express Rx at 1717 Shepherd Road in Lakeland. The detective asked Patel to change the prescription to oxycodone. The detective also filled in a blank prescription signed by the dentist for oxycodone pills, the Sheriff’s Office said.</p><p>While Patel told the detective it was unusual for a dentist to prescribe those types of medications, he charged the detective $1,540 for 80 oxycodone pills, the Sheriff’s Office said.</p><p>Patel is charged with trafficking in oxycodone, selling oxycodone within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, possession of oxycodone within 1,000 feet of child care facility and maintaining a structure for trafficking.</p><p>In the second investigation, Kalpeshkumar Patel, 36, of Orlando, who works at the Apothecary Shop at 437 South 11th St., Lake Wales, is accused of selling prescription medication without prescriptions, the Sheriff’s Office said.</p><p>An undercover detective went to the pharmacy with an informant and asked to purchase prescription medications without a prescription, the Sheriff’s Office said. Kalpeshkumar Patel handed the detective 18 hydrocodone pills in an orange bottle, but did not charge him, the Sheriff’s Office said.</p><p>He is charged with trafficking in hydrocodone.</p>

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Two Pharmacists Charged With Trafficking Prescription Drugs – The Ledger

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