• Investigators: Pharmacy in Seminole Co. lost track of thousands of oxycodone pills


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV's Tim Barber has uncovered new information showing a Winter Park pharmacy lost track of nearly 100,000 oxycodone pills.

    Channel 9 was at the Medicine Shoppe on Howell Branch Road in October of 2011 when the Drug of Enforcement Agency raided it.

    When federal agents raided the pharmacy two years ago, they said a technician and three other men stole 15,000 oxycodone pills.

    But Channel 9 uncovered new state documents which show more than 96,000 painkillers disappeared from the pharmacy.

    Mehrdad Hariri managed the pharmacy.

    Although prosecutors told Barber that Hariri did not do anything illegal, Department of Health has put him on two years' probation and fined him $5,000 for failing to ensure the security of the prescription department.

    On Friday, a pharmacy employee told Barber that Hariri no longer works at the pharmacy. When Barber called the pharmacy a short time later he was told that Hariri was busy and to call back later.

    The Department of Health also lists the pharmacy as his address of record.

    At his Maitland home, Hariri's wife told Barber that her husband is an honest, hard-working man who made a mistake by trusting his pharmacy tech to do the right thing.

    The pharmacy tech was sentenced to more than 90 months in prison.

    The three men who helped distribute the oxycodone were all sentenced to around two years.

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