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Multi-County Drug Pipeline Busted In Manchester

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by Nick Beres

MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- It's a vice agent's worst nightmare and a drug dealer's dream come true: A non-stop supply of illegal prescription drugs.

Manchester police have busted up at least part of a multi-county drug pipeline that had been operating for more than two years.  A confidential informant helped guide them through the inner workings of the complex set-up.

"Somebody is going to put a bullet in my head. I guarantee it. I know it," said the informant. 

She said violent dealers will do what it takes to protect their golden goose.  In this case a never ending supply of pills like oxycodone hitting the streets for big money in six counties:  Coffee, Rutherford, Bedford, Franklin, Williamson and Davidson.

"We are talking thousands and thousands of pills that hit the streets during the past two years because of this scheme," said Billy Butler, a Manchester detective.

Butler said the dealers somehow obtained lists of the DEA numbers needed to write their own narcotic prescriptions and then started printing up their own prescriptions after somehow obtaining the special paper need to complete the task.

"Pharmacies usually catch fakes," said Butler. "But not these...they are too good."

A joint operation between Manchester and Murfreesboro police led to the confiscation of bogus prescriptions, computers and printers used to make the fakes.  They also have arrested three people Gary Pinkston, Christine Sankey and Johnny Turner.

Butler said that's the tip of the iceberg and there will be more arrests to come including some prominent doctors and registered nurses involved in the scheme.

Also, Federal DEA agents are now part of the growing investigation.

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