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Drugs obtained from pharmacy fraudulently

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 10, 2002

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Deputies are searching for a suspect or suspects who fraudulently obtained prescription painkillers from an Eckerd store.

Timothy Paul South of Port Richey dropped off a prescription for Vicodin, a narcotic, at the Eckerd drugstore at 8416 Ridge Road on Oct. 28. When he went back to get the medicine Thursday, employees told him a man calling himself Mr. South had picked up the prescription Nov. 2, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Pharmacist Coyita Rendon told deputies the store would be implementing a policy requiring photo identification from anyone picking up prescriptions, the report stated.

On Friday, Douglas Davis of Port Richey had his painkillers taken from the same Eckerd just hours after he dropped off his prescription, according to a report.

Eckerd intern pharmacist Miral Patel told deputies a man identifying himself as Kevin Duane drove up to the drive-through window Friday afternoon and said he was picking up Davis' prescriptions. Duane said he was a friend of Davis' and provided a Florida driver's license, Patel told deputies.

Patel described the driver as a white male, about 30 years old, with brown, shoulder-length hair and a goatee.

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