|Published:||Jul 02, 2010 3:32 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 01, 2010 11:31 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Claims of overdosing, pill popping and drug pushing and a Marco Island pharmacy is at the center of the allegations.
We told you Wednesday night Island Drug pharmacy on Marco Island is accusing police of harassing their customers. They're even suing the city and the police chief.
Now, the city addresses concerns they say, go much deeper than harassment.
"Someone overdosed in the Publix restroom and they had the prescription, that had just been filled, in front of them," Marco Island Council Chairman Frank Recker tells WINK News. He says that prescription came from Island Drug, just a few doors down from Publix.
"The police are totally responding to the requests of the merchants in the Town Center Mall," Recker claims.
One request for extra police patrolling came from the manager of West Marine. He wasn't allowed to talk to us on camera, but his statement to police says it all.
Recker reads, "over $4,000 (in merchandise) was stolen last month from them. They say they watch these people come from the drug store, hang out and wait for their prescription to be filled."
Some of those items stolen include two anchor reels at $1,000 a pop, and now fishing reels must be locked up too.
Recker says people are coming from the other coast with prescriptions for abnormally high amounts of pain medication, and it's those people who are causing problems for the shopping center.
"They have admitted to the police 'I eat these like candy', referring to OxyCotin. They've seen instances of public drug abuse, open air sales of drugs."
But, Island Drug isn't breaking any laws by filling out-of-town prescriptions if they are legitimate; however, Marco Police want them to say no.
"That's all the chief did. I wasn't there, but my information is that he went to them and asked if they could just say no to people getting prescriptions from the east coast, coming here," Recker explains.
The pharmacy also states in their lawsuit the police chief threatened to shut them down if they didn't stop taking east coast prescriptions.
Recker says in all cases police have had reason to question customers.
We contacted authorities to see how many incidents and arrests have been made at the location having to do with Island Drug customers. We will let you know what we find out.
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