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 December 15th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff announces weekend arrest of pharmacy clerk for trafficking in oxycodone
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s drug investigators have arrested a pharmacy clerk for trying to sell undercover deputies 2,000 oxycodone pills for $2,000.

“This is a prime example of the diversion of prescription medication for the illegal purpose of drug trafficking,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “The motive here was simple: personal gain.”

Sheriff Mascara said that due to the dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse cases in recent years, these cases now account for about the same number of Sheriff’s Office drug arrests as for illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine. “Throughout St. Lucie County, and throughout Florida, we are witnessing an epidemic of drug diversion cases.”

Arrested Dec. 12 for drug trafficking and drug possession with intent to sell was Emily Nicole Humphrey, 21, of 975 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce. She admitted to drug investigators that she was stealing oxycodone pills, a powerful painkiller, from her employer, Oceanside Pharmacy, 1118 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce.

She was confined at the St. Lucie County jail under $150,000 bond.

“The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is committed to attacking the illegal uses of prescription drugs,” Sheriff Mascara said. “We have a drop box at our administrative offices at 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, where people can get rid of drugs from their homes that they no longer use or need, with no questions asked. This keeps tempting targets away from thieves.

“In addition, we work closely with medical providers and pharmacists throughout St. Lucie County to identify those who are using such techniques as ‘doctor shopping’ to illegally obtain prescription drugs. Third, we investigate those who try to deal illegal drugs on the street,” Sheriff Mascara said.

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