MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Three Miami-Dade men and a woman are the latest people to be charged by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in connection with a statewide pill mill investigation.
Palmetto Bay resident Jorge Trelles, 35, who owns Brothers Pharmacy; 70-year old William Walker, a pharmacist at Brothers; 28-year old Margaret Tucker, an employee of Med One Care Center in Miami and 41-year old Steve Miller, who volunteers at Med One, were all charged with one count of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone.
The FDLE’s investigation, which began in May 2011, involved suspected organized doctor shopping and drug trafficking in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Investigators said shoppers utilized the alleged pill mill, Med One Care Center, and pharmacy, Brothers Pharmacy, to obtain thousands of oxycodone pills to be sold for nonmedical needs in North and South Florida.
Authorities suspect the so-called ‘doctor shoppers’ worked under the direction of Frank Wooden Sr. of Lake Worth. Wooden, agents believe, gathered the pills purchased in South Florida and later transported them to Georgia and North Florida where they were sold.
Fifteen other people have been arrested during the course of the investigation. They face a number of charges ranging from conspiracy to commit racketeering and money laundering to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.