Pharmacist Accused Of Selling Hydrocodone Illegally

POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 6:29am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm

The criminal affidavit against the owner of Continental Pharmacy, 53-year-old Peter Ayika, contains over 100 pages in alleged criminal activity.

Among the most serious, that Ayika was filling perscriptions for patients of the very powerful drug hydrocodone. It is a drug that is so addictive physically and psychologically, the sell of every tablet is monitored by the DEA.

In the criminal affidavit, the feds claim that in 2009, Ayika reported to the DEA the purchase of 100 tablets of hydrocodone but they claim, in fact, he purchased some 14,200 hydrocodone tablets.

The feds claim that while Ayika was filling legitimate prescriptions for hydrocodone once those prescriptions ran out, he would allegedly continue to sell tablets to customers for cash.

The affidavit claims he would increase the price of the tablets by $1.00 dollar, would require the customers to pay in cash and would require them to come to the pharmacy after 5:00 pm.

The indicment claims that Ayika "built a substanital clientele, which is actively participating in the illegal transactions."

The DEA also claims that Ayika was providing tablets to one individual who was driving them to Mobile, Alabama and reselling them to street distributors there.

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