Pinellas County Detectives Bust Oxycodone Drug Ring

In what is becoming an all-too-familiar story in Pinellas County (and throughout the entire Tampa Bay region), the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office rounded up 21 suspects in a multitiered Oxycodone Trafficking scheme. For the complete story, check out today’s St. Petersburg Times article.

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Working under the code name “Operation Oxy-Con,” several local law enforcement agencies including the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) started rounding up street level suspects. The operation, which targeted 52 subjects with 122 criminal charges (including Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Trafficking in Controlled Substances began in December.

The suspects involved in “Operation Oxy-Con” are part of a Pinellas County prescription drug ring that has obtained over 30,000 pills and made approximately $300,000 since last November.

For those of you that are not yet familiar with the potent pain killer Oxycodone: You will be real soon. As stated by Lt. Robert Alfonso of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, this bust was a huge step in the fight against illegal prescription drug abuse. Alfonso further stated: “This is the new heroin. This is the new cocaine. It really is to that magnitude in Pinellas County.”

The Blake & Dorsten, P.A., in Clearwater, has extensive experience defending prescription drug cases including: Trafficking in Oxycodone, Doctor Shopping and Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for any type of prescription drug case, the selection of an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney will be crucial in determining the outcome of your/their case. Attorney Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq., dedicates a large portion of his criminal practice to the defense of Drug Trafficking and Doctor Shopping cases.

The Blake & Dorsten, P.A. has defended many Drug Trafficking cases and has been successful in getting the State of Florida to come off of the harsh “minimum/mandatory” prison sentences that these cases typically require.

If you’ve been caught in the net of “Operation Oxy-Con,” please contact prescription drug defense attorney Nicholas J. Dorsten immediately. Time is of the essence when handling a major drug case. If your case requires an experienced and aggressive defense, the Blake & Dorsten, P.A. will be there for you. 365/24/7. You can reach us at 727.286.6141.

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