15 Arrested In Drug Ring At Nursing Home

Fifteen people have been indicted on charges of dealing prescription drugs in an operation in which pills were given to minimum-security inmates working at a county nursing home who then smuggled them into the nearby jail, the U.S. attorney said Thursday.

All were arrested on charges related to the possession and distribution of Oxycodone, OxyContin, Suboxone, Lorazepam, and Ativan.

The U.S. Attorney said the investigation began as a result of arrests on Sept. 20. County authorities stopped an attempt by one of the inmates to bring drugs into the county jail after he returned from work at the county nursing home. The inmate was bringing in pills of Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and other drugs, he said.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies joined in when they found evidence that false prescriptions were created to get the drugs.

A Drug and Enforcement Administration agent said former inmates at the jail would go to hospitals and doctors' offices, get legitimate prescriptions for the pills, then cut the forms in half. They used a personal computer and created a template to produce false prescriptions on the paper.

They got the pills from pharmacies and brought them in small quantities to the jail workers at the nursing home, who kept them hidden until they were returned to the jail at the end of the day, he said.

The operation didn't involve any nursing home or jail workers, he said. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.