Colorado authorities say drug ring has ties to Ardmore, OK

Authorities say a prescription drug ring in the Denver area was broken with the help of an Ardmore pharmacist.
BY ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ Published: January 19, 2013
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— Colorado law enforcement authorities credit an Ardmore pharmacy for helping crack a Denver-area drug ring that authorities said tried to obtain oxycodone with a phony prescription in Ardmore.

“We are very appreciative of the Reed Family Pharmacy in Ardmore for their vigilance, which was instrumental,” a spokeswoman for Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said Friday.

Suthers said 15 people have been charged in suburban Denver, accused of fraudulently acquiring, diverting and distributing large amounts of oxycodone in the Denver area.

One of them pleaded guilty in Ardmore and is serving a five-year prison term in Oklahoma, Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd said, speaking from Ardmore.

The ring was based in suburban Denver, but tried to have fraudulent prescriptions for the controlled drug filled in Ardmore and Salina, Kan., as well as the Denver area, Suthers said.

Ladd said a Reed store pharmacist suspected a prescription presented to him in March was phony and called Ardmore police. The prescription for oxycodone was on a form belonging to a physician in suburban Denver.

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