View attachment 15987 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said on Monday that it made one of its largest drug busts in years after a woman was found carrying more than $100,000 in a backpack.
On Sunday night, deputies spotted Alexes Akers, 21, incoherently wandering western Franklin County streets. She was arrested for disorderly conduct, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
As her possessions were being inventoried, deputies made a surprising discovery.
"This lady was roaming around in a parking lot with $117,439 in a backpack," said Franklin County Deputy Chief Steve Martin.
A short time later, her husband, Christopher Akers, drove up. According to deputies, a K9 search of his vehicle turned up thousands of pills that were prescribed to the Akers.
"Our first guesstimate, as far as what the value of these pills would be, is in excess of $100,000," Martin said. "All the prescriptions are primarily from the same doctor in Florida."
Martin said that Sunday's bust was the latest indication of a drug pipeline from Florida to Ohio.
"We have a lot of people that are addicted to pain medications that are traveling to the Broward County - Tampa Bay area, and they're going down to these pain clinics," Martin said.
According to a deputy's report, the doctor accused of writing the prescriptions works at a pain clinic in Tampa, Fla. Investigators called him the source of thousands of prescription drugs on Columbus streets.
The prescriptions were filled at 10 pharmacies in Florida. Deputies said that the doctor prescribed Oxycontin and Xanax for alleged "back pain." He did not face charges.
Monday, August 2, 2010
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