Four additional arrests in statewide pill mill investigation

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Four additional arrests in statewide pill mill investigation

MIAMI – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Miami Regional Operations Center and Hollywood Police Department arrested four more suspects linked to a statewide pill mill investigation. The investigation began in May 2011 involving organized doctor shopping and drug trafficking in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Doctor shoppers utilized the alleged pill mill, Med One Care Center, and pharmacy, Brothers Pharmacy, to obtain thousands of oxycodone pills to be sold for nonmedical needs in North and South Florida.

Suspects arrested today are charged with one count of racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone. They are:

Jorge Trelles, 35, owner of Brothers Pharmacy, of Palmetto Bay, Fla.
William Walker, 70, pharmacist at Brothers Pharmacy, of Miami
Margaret Tucker, 28, Med One Care Center employee, of Miami
Steve Miller, 41, Med One Care Center volunteer, of Miami

With today’s additional arrests, a total of 19 suspects have been arrested.

Authorities allege doctor shoppers worked under the direction of Frank Wooden Sr. of Lake Worth, Fla. Wooden, agents believe, gathered the pills purchased in South Florida and later transported them to Georgia and North Florida where they were sold.

Those previously arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, first-degree money laundering, conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, were:

Frank Wooden, 57, of Lake Worth, Fla.
James Wooden, 51, of Havana, Fla.
John Wooden, 65, of Albany, Ga.
Janice Cain, 48, of Miami
Phillis Scott, 58, of Miami
Frank Wooden Jr., 36, of Miami
Harriet Johnson, 50, of Miami
Albert Wiggins, 48, of Miami
Zenobia Mercer, 54, of Miami
Sylvester Wooden, 55, of Homestead
Peggy Nealy, 53, of Miami

Previously charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, were

Raymond Bowleg, 49, of Miami Gardens
Ebony Pleasure, 29, of Opa Locka
Lajuane French, 40, of Miami
Dr. John Wolf, 64, of Ft. Lauderdale

This case is being prosecuted by the Office of the Statewide Prosecutor.

For Further Information Contact:

Gretl Plessinger, Keith Kameg or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

John Lucas
Office of Attorney General Pam Bondi
(850) 245-0150

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