Pasco County Pharmacist Charged With Illegally Distributing Pain Medications
Tampa, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Edward Benjamin Alister Beckles (59, Pasco County) with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone and one count of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone while acting outside the course of professional practice. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison for each charge. Beckles, a licensed pharmacist, is the owner of Ed’s Family Friendly Pharmacy in New Port Richey.
According to court documents, from August 2009 through January 2012, Beckles allegedly filled fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycodone. Earlier this month, seventeen individuals from Pasco County were each charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. It is alleged that these individuals presented the fraudulent prescriptions for Oxycodone to Beckles, at his pharmacy.
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.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.