Updated:LONGWOOD, Fla. —
Drug enforcement agents said they busted a major oxycodone trafficking ring in Longwood on Wednesday.
Federal drug agents said Jennie McCown, known as the “The Queen of Longwood,” ran an oxycodone trafficking ring that spanned five central Florida counties
Authorities said McCown brought in 10,000 pills over six months, all while being on house arrest for the same crime.
In all, 34 people were arrested in the bust, more than half being women.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and police investigators said McCown led the family-run operation, obtaining prescriptions for narcotics, which were filled and then sold out of the family home.
As a result of her criminal activity, McCown made between $7,000 to $10,000 a month selling oxycodone, dilaudid, morphine, and Xanax, police said.
But McCown said the accusations are all entrapment and lies.
“I don't know what's going on any more than you all do,” she said.
Undercover agents made the arrests on Wednesday, seizing cash and dozens of bottles of prescription drugs.
Those pills were obtained by people who went doctor shopping throughout central Florida, complaining of pain and getting prescriptions, police said. The pills were then taken to McCown.
But suspect Kristen Walters, 58, said the only prescriptions she filled were for her own use.
"It's wrong,” Walters said. “These people are hurt. I'm hurt. We have surgeries. We are over the age of 50, most of us, and we need this narcotic."
Mccown, her husband and two daughters were all arrested. Police said they used their home used as headquarters for the operation, because McCown was on house arrest for a 2011 arrest for doctor shopping and drug trafficking.