Feds: Pill mill run by Lt. Governor's brother-in-law

11:59 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida -- The sign on the front door says "closed," and re-opening is tenuous for Ed's Family Friendly Pharmacy in New Port Richey.

According to a federal indictment, the pharmacy owner, Edward Beckles, is facing federal charges of illegally filling prescriptions for oxycodone and supplying the drug to two separate drug rings.

10 News attempted to contact Beckles, but there was no answer at his Wesley Chapel home.

On July 13, the Pasco County Sherriff's Office and the DEA confiscated pills obtained from a raid called Operation Tennessee Blues that stemmed from a two year investigation. Seventeen individuals were busted, each charged with possession of oxy with intent to sell here and in Tennessee.

The feds say the individuals presented fraudulent prescriptions for oxy to Beckles at his pharmacy.

Zen Forrest Café operates in the same strip mall. Owner Chiana Covelli was concerned when the pharmacy moved in, but said Beckles eased her fears when he told her federal law made getting and prescribing oxy almost impossible.

Patrick Geraghty is a practicing pharmacist, and says if found guilty, Beckles abused public trust.

Making it even more salacious, Beckles is the brother-in-law of  Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll. Her office released this statement after the indictment came down:

"Lt. Gov. Carroll is not familiar with Mr. Beckles' arrest or his business practices and has never visited his pharmacy." 

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