Feds Indicts Florida Doctors, Clinic Owners in Big Pill Mill Bust


For the first time since Florida's prescription drug abuse crisis began, investigators are pursuing pill mills as organized crime enterprises — and corrupt doctors as murderers, reports the Miami Herald. After a three-year investigation, federal authorities announced the details of Operation Oxy Alley, a sweeping indictment charging 32 people under racketeering statutes for their involvement in South Florida-based pill mills that doled out 20 million oxycodone pills and profited more than $40 million dollars from illegal sales of controlled substances.

In a companion indictment, local authorities charged a doctor with first-degree murder in the death of a West Palm Beach man who died within hours of filling a prescription for a painkiller. Operation Oxy Alley targeted owners, 13 doctors and operators of the nation's four largest pain clinics — all in Broward and Palm Beach counties — as well as two pharmacies, one pharmaceutical supplier and one internet-based steroid business. The defendants, aged 25 to 76, were charged with crimes including racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

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