ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando pharmacist was arrested Tuesday on charges of accepting hundreds of fake prescriptions to supply pills to local drug dealers, according to agents.
Investigators said Ramesh Pathak worked out of the Cure Aid pharmacy on Lake Underhill Road.
WFTV's Drew Petrimoulx was there when Pathak was hauled to jail.
Investigators said Pathak put thousands of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills on the street.
Investigators said the drug dealers would walk into the Cure Aid pharmacy with fake prescriptions and walk out with power drugs.
"Were you supplying pills to drug dealers? Were you giving pills to drug dealers?" Petrimoulx asked.
Pathak, 33, had nothing to say. Neither did family members hanging around the scene. And after officers left and WFTV went inside the pharmacy, employees wouldn't talk either.
But a 13-month MBI investigation into the Cure Aid pharmacy said a lot about the business where Pathak worked and that he partially owns.
"He's put over 5,000 oxycodone pills on the
street, and those are the ones we can account for. There may be more," said Larry Zwieg, an MBI agent.
Investigators said Pathak knowingly filled fake prescription brought in by local drug dealers and marked up the price to compensate for his participation in the illegal activity.
"It's really sad because I have no idea that something like this was going to happen," said Pathak's
friend, Salamie Khan. "He's a very, very nice guy.
"The state department of health today suspended the pharmacy's license to dispense controlled substances like oxycodone and employees put up a sign telling customers it was closed," said Zwieg.
Pathak faces 22 counts of trafficking in oxycodone. He was booked into the Orange County Jail.
His arrest was part of a larger investigation. Earlier this year agents named Amy Fellinger, Heather Delcher, and Ashley Dye as members of the drug trafficking ring Pathak's accused of supplying.
WFTV was in court March 23 when a judge set Fellinger's bond at a $500,000.