The Sheriff in Logan County says she thinks the Sunday shut down of a pill mill in West Logan will keep prescription drugs out of the hands of hundreds of abusers, at least for a little while.
“It’s so easy to access. They’re going to start looking for other places to go,” Sheriff Sonya Porter said on Monday’s MetroNews Talkline. “Is it a temporary solution for that particular location? Yes.”
Dr. Fernando Gonzalez-Ramos from El Paso, Texas is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
The claim is he traveled from Texas to Logan once a month to set up shop along Route 10 and write prescriptions for painkillers for hundreds of people.
Members of a special drug task force arrested Gonzalez-Ramos on Sunday.
“He wasn’t there all the time so, when he would show up, that’s when traffic was starting to become noticed to the public.” Sheriff Porter says people would line up to get their prescriptions, putting thousands of pills into the community.
She says it’s not the only such site in operation.
“This is one that we got taken out of the community and we are very, very thankful for it. It took a lot of pills off the streets. However, people have access to this,” Sheriff Porter said.
Those with the FBI, State Police and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department were part of the investigation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will handle the prosecution of Gonzalez-Ramos.
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