Cashier called police on undercover DEA sting

By ROBIN FITZGERALD – rfitzgerald@sunherald.com

Tran

GULFPORT

A former cashier at Tran’s Pharmacy testified one of the few problems she was aware of involved a customer snatching a prescription bag out of a woman’s hands inside the store.

Priscilla Lemon said she reported the robbery to Biloxi police and later learned the Drug Enforcement Administration was conducting an undercover operation of the pharmacy and the adjoining Family Medical Center on Division Street.

“I didn’t know I was calling the police on the DEA,” Lemon said Monday in the trial of pharmacist Nick Tran.

Drug agents had timed their undercover doctor’s appointments that day to stage an argument at the pharmacy to see if Tran would replace the stolen prescriptions, according to previous testimony.

Tran’s trial in an alleged “pill mill” conspiracy has entered its second week. The trial continues today before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

The federal government claims Tran knowingly conspired to fill prescriptions for abuse-prone people who didn’t have a legitimate need for the medications.

The government claims Tran refused to fill eight questionable prescriptions written by doctors at the clinic. According to Tran’s attorney, he turned down about 340 prescriptions.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/07/2240158/cashier-called-police-on-undercover.html#ixzz0qH8rVHmf

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