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Retired pharmacist in North MS arrested for running illegal pharmacy from floral shop

A retired pharmacist in North MS was busted for running an illegal pharmacy selling opioids from his floral shop, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

From the MDPS:

Great work by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Drug agents in north Mississippi today arrested a 76-year-old retired registered pharmacist for allegedly running an illegal pharmacy from his floral shop, according to Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy.

Agents executed warrants for the arrest of John Hall as well as a search of his business, The Flower Garden, located at 172 Young Avenue in Nettleton, where they found an assortment of prescription drugs, Director Dowdy said.

Hall is charged with felony sale of tapentadol, a prescription opioid analgesic; felony possession with intent to sell or distribute soma, a prescription muscle relaxer; and misdemeanor practicing medicine without a license.

“Mr. Hall could face additional charges,” Director Dowdy said.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Unit, Mississippi Board of Pharmacy, North Mississippi Narcotics Unit and Lee County Sheriff’s Office assisted the MBN in the three-month investigation that led to Hall’s arrest.

“It is always good when agencies work together for the safety and welfare of our communities,” said Sheriff Jim Johnson.

Jon Ross Myers

Jon Ross Myers is the executive editor and publisher of the Mississippi News Network, Mississippi's largest digital only media company. He can be reached at editor@tippahnews.com

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