TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State and local authorities have arrested a dozen people for illegally obtaining some 19,000 oxycodone pills.
Authorities said Thursday the doctor shoppers worked under Frank Wooden of Lake Worth. They said Wooden gathered the pills purchased in South Florida and took them to Georgia and north Florida for resale. They also believe the money from selling the drugs was laundered by James Wooden through his automobile sales business in Havana, Florida just outside of Tallahassee. Five people with the last name Wooden were among those arrested, although it was not clear what their relationship was.
The investigation into the doctor shopping and drug trafficking in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties began in May 2011 after authorities were tipped off by pharmacists who had received prescriptions from a dead doctor.
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