MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The fight to get prescription drugs off the street is an ongoing one in Florida.
Authorities say they have arrested seven people who operated a large-scale prescription drug trafficking ring.READ MORE: At Least 1 Hospitalized As Car Ends Up In Canal In SW Miami-Dade
A news release from the Florida Attorney General’s Office says the group recruited patients to order prescription opioids using fake documents. The drugs were stored at an office site and later distributed throughout South Florida.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody says the illegal activity contributes to the opioid crisis that claims 17 lives a day in Florida.READ MORE: Parkland first responder weighs in on Uvalde massacre: ‘It’s gut wrenching’
Police say the ringleader is 65-year-old Alexander Grichener. A pharmacist was also arrested for delivering prescriptions to the group.
They each face charges of trafficking oxycodone and oxymorphone and conspiracy to traffic drugs.MORE NEWS: Residents fed up with Biscayne Bay parties
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