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Drug Arrest

Police say an evacuee who allegedly looted a Louisiana pharmacy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been arrested in Panama City Beach on drug trafficking charges.

Police say 35-year-old Joseph Durkin of Westwego, Louisiana was carrying more than $15,000 worth of prescription drugs and $500 cash when investigators arrested him at about four o'clock Wednesday morning.

Durkin had been selling drugs he looted from a new Orleans-area pharmacy before evacuating the storm damaged city.

Police say Durkin had been staying at a temporary shelter for hurricane evacuees.

Durkin is being held pending bond at the Bay County Jail.


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