Success of 10-month prescription drug sting shows problem’s scope

The culmination of a 10-month drug investigation called “Operation Pill Poppers” was impressive: 74 identified suspects, 150 counts of doctor shopping, 55,006 pills with a $750,000 street value.
But by the end of Monday’s six-hour roundup, staged at a closed Egg Platter restaurant in Pinellas Park, dozens of suspects remained at large. Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies and St. Petersburg police arrested 11 that day, plus nine from the previous week.

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