News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2006

Pharmacist Charged for Distributing Controlled Substances

MAR 21- Memphis, TN - Lawrence J. Laurenzi , Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Andrew Dimond, Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Memphis Resident Office, announced the arrest of LARRY EGAN BOATWRIGHT, a licensed pharmacist, who has been charged with distributing controlled substances without valid prescriptions. Boatwright was indicted by a federal grand jury in Memphis on March 21, 2006.

THE INDICTMENT

As discussed in the indictment, Larry Egan Boatwright worked as a licensed pharmacist. Boatwright operated out of two locations: 1) Boatwright Drug Company, 7099 C. Street, Millington, TN 38053; and, 2) Super Drugs, 855 Wayne Road, Suite A-2, Savannah, TN 38372. According to the indictment, Boatwright is the cousin and nephew of the owner of Boatwright Drugs and worked there on the weekends. He worked for Super Drugs through the week.

The indictment alleges that Boatwright engaged in a scheme to divert controlled substances out of these locations to persons without valid prescriptions, including Schedule II and IV substances. As part of the scheme, he diverted the following controlled substances:

A. From the Super Drug location, at least approximately 1,013 tablets of 80mg Oxycontin, 540 tablets of 40 mg Oxycontin, 18,585 tablets of 2mg Alprazolam tablets, 97 tablets of 10 mg Methadone, 25,839 tablets of 10/500 mg Hydrocodone/APAP, 4,702 tablets of 10/650 mg Hydrocodone/APAP, and 280 tablets of 40 mg Oxycodone ER.

B. And from the Boatwright Drug Company, at least approximately 3,517 dosage units of 80 mg OxyContin, 35,962 dosage units of 10/500 mg Hydrocodone, and 21,968 dosage units of 2mg Alprazolam.

The indictment also alleges that, as part of the scheme, the persons to whom he sold the controlled substances paid Boatwright in cash. According to the indictment, Boatwright placed the proceeds in his Bank of America Account. He also kept proceeds in the form of U.S. currency in a lockbox in his closet. According to the indictment, proceeds also went to pay off his vehicles, home and home improvements and other personal finances. Boatwright also used his personal vehicles to make narcotic deliveries. The indictment seeks forfeiture of the property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the controlled substances distribution, including real property and vehicles listed in the indictment.

THE POSSIBLE PENALTIES

A violation of Title 21, United States Code, § 841(a)(1), in a case involving this quantity of narcotics, is punishable by a maximum prison term of twenty years, a $1,000,000 maximum fine and three years supervised release.

CONCLUSION

The case initiated through this indictment is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Braden Boucek, with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. This case was investigated by the DEA Task Force in Memphis, which is comprised of DEA Special Agents and agents and officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement , the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the Germantown Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office, the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Millington Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In addition, assistance was provided by the DEA - Nashville Office of Diversion Control and the Galloway Police Department.