Tampa Pharmacy Owner, Pharmacists, Doctor And Other Individuals Charged With Illegally Distributing Pain Medications
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of a superseding indictment charging Retsidistswe Griffith (32, Tampa), owner and manager of New Tampa Pharmacy, located at 2912 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, and pharmacists Brian C. Weiler (52) and Treshena L. Dixon (41) with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and one count of acting outside the scope of professional practice by dispensing and distributing oxycodone. Also charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone in the superseding indictment are Joshua Shane Barber (25, Tennessee); Nelson Garcia (44, Pasco County); Derrick Choate (24, Tennessee); Robert Clawson (41, Pasco County); Michael Saunchgrow (39, Pasco County); Misty Key (29, Pasco County); Eric Trabucco (29, Tennessee); Megan Barber (29, Tennessee); Michael McBroom (27, Tennessee); and, Edward Desimone (28, Pasco County). In addition, Garcia and Choate are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone. If convicted, each of the defendants face a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison for each count. The superseding indictment also notifies Griffith, Weiler and Dixon that the United States intends to forfeit their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration.
In a separate indictment, Sanjeev Grover (48, Tampa), a physician practicing in Tampa, was charged with five counts of illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone. If convicted, Grover faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison on each count.
According to the indictment, on five occasions between April 12, 2011 and June 9, 2011, Grover acted outside the course of his professional practice by illegally prescribing oxycodone. The indictment also notifies Grover that the United States intends to forfeit his medical license and DEA registration.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
These cases are being investigated by the DEA, the Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Temple Terrace Police Department. They are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.