Law enforcement authorities say two stolen prescription pads in Boynton Beach turned into 140 forged prescriptions and 17,250 doses of prescription drugs for a band of black market drug hustlers that operated throughout 2015.
Arrests were made in July. The multi-agency team that includes the DEA charged six as part of the drug ring: Alexis McDonald, 29, of Pompano Beach; Harolena Persad, 25, of Lake Worth; Quinn Moody, 52 of Hollywood; Betty Jean Kendle, 57, of North Lauderdale; Andrew Dixon, 58, of Fort Lauderdale; and April Evans, 62, of Fort Lauderdale.
Persad is out on house arrest after posting her $75,000 bond, which was reduced from $1.035 million, the amount at which McDonald’s remains on her 112-count case. The rest remain in Broward County Jail in lieu of bonds ranging from $158,500 to $263,000.
All face RICO conspiracy charges as well as a number of trafficking charges involving prescription drugs such as morphine and oxycodone. Each is facing jail time that could be counted in decades as easily as years.
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Warrants have been issued for four others: Melvin Patrick of Lauderhill and Debbie Thomas, Edwin Swinton and Solomon Walker Jr., of Fort Lauderdale.
Police believe Persad and McDonald — both medical assistants at Bethesda Health — pilfered the prescription pads belonging to Dr. Edyta Mularczyk. The arrest warrants say the missing prescription pads and the number of prescriptions filled by certain patients — for example, 19 by Kendle — raised questions.
Some of Persad and McDonald’s co-workers recognized their handwriting on some of the prescriptions, pointing an arrow in the duo’s direction also.