(Columbia County, FL.) -- A couple from Kentucky were arrested Wednesday on their way back from a trip to south Florida were authorities say they visited several pain clinics and purchased large quantities of pain medications. On their way back home the two were pulled over by a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy on interstate 75.
During the course of the traffic stop deputies report they discovered numerous prescription medications. The driver of the vehicle consented to a search and deputies found more prescription pills concealed within interior parts of the car. The plan, say deputies, was to return to Kentucky with the pills and sell them illegally.
Arrested were 38 year-old William Alcorn and 35 year-old Norma Lamb. Both were charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Deputies seized 198 Hydrocodone pills, 60 Xanax pills and 5 Methadone pills. Additionally, $2600.00 in U.S. currency was seized. Both Acorn and Lamb were arrested and taken to the Columbia County Detention Facility. Both are being held on $10,000.00 bond.
South Florida has become notorious in recent years for the proliferation of so called pain clinics, or “pill mills”, which make it easy for someone to obtain pain medication, often times illegally. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration Broward County became the nation's capital in oxycodone sales, with nine million tablets sold in the county over a six-month period in 2008.
In a recent article in the Miami Herald, Hialeah Gardens Middle School students in Miami were profiled for their efforts to help introduce bills in the Florida House and Senate that would control the proliferation of pain clinics.
The Herald reports the students helped introduce Florida House Bill 225 and Senate Bill 2272, which demand tighter control over pain clinics through measures including allowing the Florida Department of Health to refuse to register clinics. The bills are set to go before the full House and Senate and if they pass will go into effect July 1.