In South Florida, law enforcement officials have arrested twin brothers they called kingpins of South Florida's biggest pill mill
network. As well, 31 others allegedly involved were arrested.
It is alleged that the two brothers collected an estimated $40 million in two years while engaged in the sale of 20 million pain pills from their string of four clinics in Broward and Palm Beach counties, federal prosecutors and police said.
The 33 people were arrested on multiple charges ranging from racketeering to fraud and illegal drug sales.
Also, one of the brothers' pain clinic physicians was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder
for prescribing 210 pain pills to a man who overdosed on them a few hours later. The other brother was charged with
in the same case.
The bust was the fourth major assault on South Florida pill mills, although all four of the brothers' clinics were shut down in a March 2010 raid, and all or most of the 32 are out of the pain pill trade.
While it is not a crime to run a prescription pain clinic, operators and owners will be under the microscope as police and prosecutors try to determine which clinics are providing medical services to patients in need, and which clinics are handing out pills to anyone who will pay for them.
Sometimes, the line is not exactly clear. Many good, legitimate business owners get caught up in these massive pain clinic sweeps.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward. If you or a loved one are facing trafficking charges, call today to discuss the matter confidentially.