DEA: Dothan pharmacist peddled painkillers on consignment
Richard Allen Strickland has been arrested, prosecutors claim he is flight risk
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -An anonymous tip last November sparked an investigation that led to the arrest of a Dothan pharmacy owner. Richard Allen Strickland is charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Strickland, whose owns Allen's pharmacy, dispensed pain killers without a prescription to those who peddled the drugs, then paid Strickland afterwards.
Those allegations are contained in a federal complaint filed Thursday by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
An eight month investigation determined that Strickland provided Percocet, Oxycodone, Roxicodone, and hydrocodone, that complaint states.
On July 3, a confidential informant allegedly received 14 hydrocodone pills from Strickland while federal agents videotaped that transaction.
Then, on Wednesday, officers armed with search warrants swooped in on Allen's Pharmacy and Strickland's Geneva County home. Several hours later they arrested him.
Prosecutors consider Strickland a flight risk and, facing at least ten years in prison, are asking that he be detained until trial.
A judge will rule on that request later.
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