St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces "Operation Blue Crush" terminates painkiller pill operation
A six-month investigation by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Special Investigations Unit has shut down a drug ring that was distributing thousands of illegally obtained narcotic painkiller pills to addicts in St. Lucie and Martin counties, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
The investigation, which detectives called "Operation Blue Crush," has resulted in six arrests so far, with more to come.
Two career criminals, Albert Walker, 35, and Kevious Jackson, 34, both of Port St. Lucie, recruited dozens of drug-dependant local residents to pose as patients who went to South Florida pain clinics to get prescriptions for Oxycodone and other narcotics, investigators said.
Walker and Jackson, arrested in an early morning raid on their Port St. Lucie home, would let the phony "patients" keep half the drugs for which they obtained fraudulent prescriptions. The drug dealers would then sell the remaining pain pills to local residents.
The Martin County Sheriff's Office, Broward Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in the six-month investigation, said Sheriff Mascara.
Operation Blue Crush was an investigation initiated by the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office in August 2011 with assistance in the case provided by the DEA, Martin County Sheriffs Office and Broward County Sheriffs Office.
Operation Blue Crush was designed to target individuals involved in transporting and sponsoring people with visits to various pain clinics in order to obtain prescriptions for the drug Oxycodone which ultimately would end up for resale on the streets of St. Lucie and Martin Counties.
The primary individuals responsible for this sponsorship activity in St. Lucie County were identified as Albert Walker Jr. and Kevious Jackson. Investigators learned during the investigation that Walker and Jackson were sponsoring numerous individuals by paying for their doctor visits to obtain prescriptions for Oxycodone and then would pay for the prescription to be filled at various pharmacies.
In return for the sponsorship, Walker and Jackson would typically receive half of what the prescription amount was. For example, if an individual would receive 120 30-mg oxycodone pills, Walker and Jackson would receive 60 of those pills.
The pills would then be resold on the street for anywhere from 12 to 20 dollars each.
Arrested so far:
- Albert Walker, 35, of Port St. Lucie, 14 charges, bond $1.3 million
- Regina Anne Riggins, 29, of Port St. Lucie, 1 charge, released on bond
- Kevious Jackson, 34, of Port St. Lucie, 2 charges, no bond
- Dana DeTemple, 27, of Stuart, 2 charges, $150,000 ("patient")
- Megan Marie Johns, 27, of Port St. Lucie, 2 charges, no bond (Martin County charges) ("patient")
- Michael Green, 39, of Port St. Lucie, 1 charge, no bond ("patient")
The investigation is continuing, Sheriff Mascara said.
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Albert Walker, career criminal, who was one of the ringleaders of an illegal painkiller pill distribution network
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