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Pharmacist facing drug charge wants $162,000 returned

Richard Allen Strickland claims that all, or most of, that money has no connection to crimes he is charged with committing.
Federal agents and local officers serve a search warrant at Allen's Pharmacy on July 8, 2020.
Federal agents and local officers serve a search warrant at Allen's Pharmacy on July 8, 2020.(WTVY)
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 4:38 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -A Dothan pharmacist awaiting trial on illegal drug charges is asking a federal judge to return $162,000 that federal agents seized from him.

Richard Allen Strickland claims that all, or most of, that money has no connection to crimes he is charged with committing.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized the funds when they executed multiple search warrants and arrested Strickland on July 8.

A federal complaint claims Strickland, whose owned Allen’s pharmacy, dispensed pain killers without a prescription to those who peddled those drugs then paid him afterwards.

A motion filed in U-S District Court states, if seized money is returned, Strickland would use it to fund his defense.

A judge has not ruled on that motion.

Strickland’s trial on Distribution of a Controlled Substance charge is scheduled for December in Opelika.

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