If you keep up on the local news lately regarding the illegal trade in pharmaceuticals, you will see that the police have been mighty busy.
And if you have any knowledge or experience in how the court system usually works for the “common man”, you will know that it can take years to get thru the courts if you pleade not guilty and at least months if you take a plea bargain.
Now, comes the bust of a local PHARMACIST, (and here) one who has been working as a pharmacist in this area for quite some time. This is one of the people who is in a position to aid in STOPPING pharmaceutical abuse. But instead was discovered to be contributing to the problem. This is not a whole lot different than discovering a priest who is molesting children….
He seems to have been “caught” stealing 103 hydrocodone pills. Of course this does not address how many times he may have done this BEFORE being caught, having been a pharmacist for several YEARS…
Word on the street is that each hydrocodone pill can be sold for $5 to$10 a piece. Yet, this individual was only asked to pay restitution to the tune of a hundred dollar bill for all. He was ALLOWED to take a plea agreement the SAME DAY HE WAS CAUGHT! No hanging in the court system for months like the rest of the world.Very handy for him.
BUT, where is the investigation? Are they assuming that he was ONLY stealing pills for his own consumption???? What was he DOING with those pills he was stealing. Are we assuming this is the ONLY time he ever stole any pills????
How in the world was someone who was caught stealing 103 hydrocodone pills, as a pharmacist, only charged with a minor misdemeanor??? $100 fine (plus court cost). While others less fortunate in the black market pill trade spend time in jail, pay thousands in bail and eventual fines, and are forced to attend sketchy NA meetings, this man, being I assume an otherwise “upstanding member of the community” walks away with a slap on the hand, all in one day.
This NEVER HAPPENS in the West Virginia Court System. Period.
This should be just plain OBVIOUS. To ANYONE.
This man SHOULD have been MADE AN EXAMPLE OF!!! Not let slide and the whole thing swept under the carpet as fast as possible.
There seems to be a repeated pattern in these parts, which is to ALLOW certain individuals to continue their nefarious deeds, pretty much unhindered by things like laws and police, while others are targeted and dragged thru a seemingly unending morass of legal red tape. One would assume there is some underlying reason why certain people can be targeted by the police at the drop of a hat based on questionable information, while others go unscathed even with eye witnesses and reliable evidence.
Who actually gains? NOT the taxpayers, for sure. NOT the citizens in general. Not those unfortunate enough to get caught.
The police, once assumed to be the protectors of society, have turned to an agenda which requires turning loose some of the worst offenders in order to follow them, WATCH their moves and allow them to operate for months, and eventually catch up more people in their web. This strategy obviously does nothing to protect the innocent population, but actually allows them to be placed even more in harms way for the sake of, what. Entrapment? A few bucks in the state’s coffers? Another notch on the belt of some overly ambitious cop?