— The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday
that 51 people face charges following a yearlong
investigation into illegal prescription drug sales.
said 26 people were arrested over two days as part of an
operation involving the DEA and other law enforcement
agencies in the Milwaukee area. It said 47 people face state
charges in Milwaukee and surrounding counties, while four
face federal charges. Most are Milwaukee residents or from
said they were part of a "loosely organized" group
that created fake prescriptions and recruited people to have
the prescriptions filled at local pharmacies, often using
their own insurance. Those people were then either paid in
cash or allowed to keep some pills.
of the prescriptions were for the painkiller oxycodone, the
agency said. Once the prescriptions were filled, the pills
went to a main distributor who created the fake
prescriptions. That person then sold the pills illegally for
about 50 cents to $1 per milligram around the Milwaukee
area, the agency said.
believe about 196 fake prescriptions were produced and
filled, accounting for more than 25,000 pills.