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Fraud Detectives Bust Drug Ring In Mid-State Bars

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Fraud detectives in Rutherford County have arrested four people in connection with a prescription drug ring operating out of mid-state bars.

"They were very forthcoming and they have not denied doing this," said Detective Greg Flanagan with the Murfreesboro Police Department. 

Flanagan said the suspects had been operating for several weeks.

Officials said Kelly Apparicio was a medical assistant at a local doctor's office who stole blank prescriptions.

For weeks, she and others were suspected of dealing the scripts in various bars to users or dealers. Police said Apparicio had so many of the scripts she would even exchange them if someone offered to cover her bar tab.

"She actually traded the prescriptions for alcohol," said Kyle Evans, spokesperson for the Murfreesboro Police Department.

NewsChannel 5 confronted Apparicio and the three others after their arrests, but all declined to comment.

Investigator said the suspects were accused of buying and trading potentially hundreds of the stolen prescriptions for narcotics.

"Once they have the prescription in their hand, 99 percent of the time they will find a pharmacy to fill them," said local pharmacist Chad Mills.

Detectives were not sure how many of the scripts were traded or sold, but believe potentially thousands of pills ended up on the streets.

The four suspects face charges of prescription fraud.

Officials said the case was not closed with these arrests. Police were still investigating some of the bars involved and have not ruled out the possibility of more arrests.

Email: nberes@newschannel5.com

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