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Florida Deputies Arrest 33 On Drug Charges

Associated Press

February 04, 2011

TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 33 people on charges of dealing prescription medications.

Officials say those arrested on Thursday range in age from 19 to 74 and are from different socio-economic backgrounds in all parts of Hillsborough.

Records show that some of the people got the pills legitimately and sold them. Others went “doctor shopping” for them. Deputies plan to interview each suspect in the hopes that those arrested will lead them to other dealers and unscrupulous clinics.

The arrests came the same day as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that she is seeking tougher penalties for doctors and others who supply such prescription medications as pain killers to drug dealers and addicts.

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