FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers pharmacy was shut down Friday after being searched by Federal authorities. WINK News had the only camera there during the operation.
Box after box, Special Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control hauled evidence out of Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy. It was just another battle in the war against prescription drug abuse.
A DEA Spokesperson tells us, the independent pharmacy, located in an office building behind Gulf Coast Medical Center, was shut down as part of an ongoing Federal investigation. What they're looking for is not yet being released. But with Florida at the epicenter of the pill mill crisis, employees at the medical office building aren't surprised. They're relieved.
They tell us, they often worry about suspicious people roaming the hallways. Some even say, they've seen syringes leftover in the bathroom.
Customers stopping by had their licenses and presciptions checked, and left empty-handed. One woman looking to fill a prescription of Roxycodone, who wished to remain anonymous told us, "It was always really, really busy when I was here, like lines out the door. You can tell right off the bat, it's not right, if you know what i mean."
The DEA reports that no arrests were made. We spoke off-camera with the owner of the pharmacy, Jeff Green. While he couldn't say much, he told us he was complying fully and working with law enforcement "to weed out the bad guys." But he says, they will be back open on Monday.