Dr. Thomas Rodenberg, a South Florida doctor was sentenced to 18 years incarceration for his part in a pill mill scheme in 2012.
Rodenberg was convicted of racketeering, trafficking oxycodone, conspiracy to traffic oxycodone, delivery of oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone, and hydrocodone. Rodenberg was arrested along with 10 other individuals in the Pompano Beach Medical facility.
“I thank the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their outstanding collaboration in helping bring this dangerous drug dealer to justice” said Attorney General Pam Bondi. She also stated prescription pill deaths are in decline because of law enforcement collaboration.
Florida has successfully closed many pill mills in the state, but the unfortunate consequence is drug dealers selling more black tar or Colombian brown heroin. Senior vice president of the drug treatment nonprofit WestCare Foundation said, “the new drug of choice is heroin because the market changed.”
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A Florida lab chemist, Joseph Graves was arrested for selling stolen drugs from police evidence, and replacing the drugs with over-the-counter medicine. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he’s charged with grand theft, 9 counts of drug trafficking, and 12 counts of tampering with evidence.
Gerald Bailey, Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner said, “the actions of Joseph Graves are disgraceful.” Grave’s actions could even affect drug convictions in many Florida counties.
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Chief spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Gretl Plessinger, said Graves worked 2,600 cases for 80 law enforcement agencies in 35 Florida counties, and 12 judicial circuits for over 8 years.
Investigators realized there were missing prescription pain pills from the Escambia County sheriff’s office evidence room. The prescription medication was switched with over-the-counter drugs.
Inspectors found each case with missing drugs was analyzed by Graves, so police opened a criminal investigation.
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