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Four Arrests Made in Oxycodone Trafficking and Prescription Fraud Case

12/5/2007
 
Four individuals have been arrested and booked into the Putnam County Jail, suspected of obtaining Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Class II and Class III narcotics illegally. The investigation began in January 2007 when a pharmacist in Palatka, Fla. informed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Palatka Police Department (PPD) that he suspected forged prescriptions were being submitted to his pharmacy.

Lloyd Walter Grandy, 48, Palatka, Tamara Grandy, 47, Palatka, and Kristie Lands, 35, East Palatka, were arrested and each charged with three counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and three counts of prescription fraud. Tawnya Boldrick Spence, 46, San Antonio, Fla. was charged with three counts of trafficking in Hydrocodone and three counts of prescription fraud. The four suspects are related. Lloyd Grandy was arrested by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 30 and his wife, Tamara Grandy, was arrested by FDLE on Nov. 20. Both were booked into the Putnam County Jail. Tawnya Spence, sister to Tamara Grandy, and Kristie Lands, sister to Tamara Grandy and Tawnya Spense, turned themselves into the Putnam County Jail, Spense on Nov. 24 and Lands on Dec. 5. Bond was set at $60,000 for each.

The investigation revealed that fraudulent prescriptions were being written on prescription pads from three different physicians, none of whom knew the fraud was occurring and none of whom had treated any of the patients whose names appeared on the prescriptions. One physician practiced in Duval County, one in Clay County and a third in St. Johns County. The fraudulent prescriptions were presented to seven different pharmacies in Putnam, St. Johns and Osceola counties.

Approximately 108 fraudulent prescriptions were written under the three doctor’s names. All of the prescriptions except for six were written for Oxycodone. A number of prescriptions were written under fictitious names.

The 2007 Interim Medical Examiners Report of Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons identifies the four drugs that were the most lethal, meaning more than 50 percent of the deaths were caused by the drug when the drug was found, were Heroin (84.4 percent), Methadone (73.5 percent), Oxycodone (56.9 percent), and Fentanyl (55.3 percent). The report also reveals that prescription drugs continued to be found more often than illicit drugs in both lethal and non-lethal levels during the first part of this year.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Gogerty
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Jacksonville
(904) 360-7100