Federal Jury Finds Pharmacy Owner And Manager Guilty Of Conspiracy To Distribute Controlled Substances
Fort Myers, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury yesterday found Jeffrey R. Green (50, Cape Coral), the owner of Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy, and Karen S. Hebble (44, Cape Coral), the manager of this pharmacy, guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of Oxycodone and Alprazolam, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. In addition, Green was convicted of six counts of money laundering. The jury found Hebble guilty of two counts of money laundering. Each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of the controlled substances. Both face a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit money laundering and each count of money laundering. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 28, 2014.
A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment against Green and Hebble on July 24, 2013.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from 2009 through October 6, 2011, Green and Hebble conspired with each other, and with others, to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute Oxycodone and Alprazolam. Green and Hebble filled prescriptions that were not issued for legitimate medical purposes and distributed controlled substances without the supervision and control of a licensed pharmacist at Gulf Coast Medical Pharmacy, which Green owned.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which includes the Naples Police Department, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, and other local law enforcement agencies. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Yolande G. Viacava and Robert P. Barclift.