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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives concluded a three-month investigation into the illegal pain pill market in the county.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives concluded a three-month investigation into the illegal pain pill market in the county. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Operations Division expect to arrest more than 85 people on charges ranging trafficking in controlled substances to doctor shopping during Operation Pain Reliever. Operation Pain Reliever began in November 2010 with detectives making purchases of prescription pills, buying drugs, tracking fake prescriptions or targeting those who “doctor shopped.’’ The suspects range in age from 20 to 73 years old. The Sheriff’s Office is concentrating on the illegal pain pill market to reduce the number of fatal overdoses occurring in the Tampa Bay area. Through pushing for enhanced legislation to regulate pain clinics in the county to aggressive enforcement such as Operation Pain Reliever, the Sheriff’s Office will never stop working to make our county safer.