Articles Tagged with Xanax

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From July 2011 through July 2014 a Lynwood physician allegedly prescribed narcotic prescriptions in large amounts and accepted cash payments for the transactions. The patients receiving the medication did not receive regular examinations and it is suspected that many of them did not have a medical need for the pills. He is accused of using his practice to make illegal drug deals.

Dr. Edward Ridgill has been accused of prescribing and selling considerable amounts of Norco, Xanax and Soma pills, which are dubbed the “trinity” by drug users due to the high achieved by consuming the opiate, sedative and muscle relaxer at the same time. It is reported that he handed out over 21,000 prescriptions during a three year period.

A DEA task force began an investigation on Ridgill employing anonymous sources who made appointments with the doctor and were fitted with surveillance cameras hidden inside of cups, buttons, hats and purses prior to their visits. The collected videos depicted the visits of the undercover mock patients where Ridgill prescribed and accepted cash payment for the drugs, and in some cases no examination was performed. Expert review of the videos and patient files raised enough suspicion to warrant charging 65-year-old Ridgill with several counts of illegal distribution.

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Kimberly Quach, the mother of a Cathedral Catholic High School student, is suspected of selling marijuana and prescription drugs to her daughter’s school friends. Police reported that she allegedly sold drugs to the minors during a period beginning January 1, 2017, through the time of her arrest in late September.

As stated in court documents, she is also accused of recruiting a teenage girl for the purpose of selling marijuana to students at both Cathedral Catholic and La Jolla High Schools. In addition, Quach allegedly instructed the girl on how to accept payment from purchasers both online and in cash. When the girl was questioned she claimed that she made less than 10 marijuana sales, each weighing under one ounce, in the month preceding Quach’s arrest.

Quach’s dwelling was purportedly a well-known party house for teenagers looking for a place to purchase and use marijuana, prescription medication and alcohol. Parents of one of the partiers found suboxone pills in their child’s bedroom, along with text messages of their daughter asking Quach to obtain pain medication for her. The authorities were notified, and an 8-month investigation began.

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A 32 year old Florida man, Anthony Mendez, was found Monday night allegedly under the influence of drugs and unresponsive with a child in his car. He was arrested on suspicion of child neglect.

Drivers found Mendez unresponsive at the wheel of his car around 7:30 p.m. according to the Collier County Sheriff’s arrest report. The report states that witnesses called 911 and while waiting for deputies to respond, an off-duty firefighter treated Mendez. He had a pulse, but was barely breathing.

A woman that was stopped behind Mendez at a traffic light said that it appeared as though he was sleeping. She tried to wake him but couldn’t. The off-duty firefighter saw the woman pounding on the driver’s side window of Mendez’s car and pulled over to help. The firefighter told officials that when he saw Mendez slumped over the steering wheel, he proceeded to pull the man out in case he needed CPR.