Oklahoma authorities make 3 arrests in online pharmacy case

Grove, Oklahoma (AP) 3-08

State authorities have arrested three people from Grove they say are connected with an Internet pharmacy in Delaware County.

County drug task force officers arrested Randolph Earl Enyart, 45; Kristina Donohoe, 25; and Tammy Walker, 37. The alleged operator of the pharmacy, Norman Edward Enyart Jr., also known as J.R. Enyart, is expected to surrender, authorities said.

Authorities have closed the pharmacy and smoke shop and during a Friday raid seized 2,000 prescription pills, prescriptions, prescription orders, 25 to 30 guns, computers, $17,000 in cash and more than 3,000 cartons of cigarettes that lack the required state tax stamps, said Mike Easton, an investigator for Delaware County District Attorney Eddie Wyant.

County drug task force investigators are trying to determine if the operation, known as Grand Lake Pharmacy, is linked to as many as eight overdose deaths attributed to a pain reliever and muscle relaxant known as Soma.

Randolph Enyart and Walker are being held on $121,000 bail and likely will be charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, operating an unlicensed pharmacy, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are distributed and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Donohoe, being held on $110,000 bail, likely will face charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to deliver, no state tax stamp on tobacco products and operating an unlicensed pharmacy.

Soma is classified as a narcotic by the state but not by federal authorities, said state Pharmacy Board Director Bryan Potter. Because the pharmacy, which began operating in 2004, was on tribal land, state authorities had no jurisdiction over it.

Potter said that J.R. Enyart ran afoul of the Seneca-Cayuga tribe because “he owed the tribe tobacco tax money and had not paid it.” Potter said the tribe took away Enyart’s pharmacy license. The pharmacy, forced to move off tribal land, then fell under state jurisdiction.

In September 2006, The Oklahoman reported that when a potential customer called the pharmacy to ask about obtaining medicine for high blood pressure, the man who answered the phone referred her to a Web site and told her to fill out a questionnaire. After that, the man said, a doctor would call, review her history and symptoms and request the medicine.

 

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