DEA raid nets 12 in San Diego drug diversion ring

March 12, 2008

Twelve people were arrested in San Diego for prescription drug diversion at three pharmacies.

A pharmacist, two technicians, and a former pharmacy employee were among 12 people arrested in an alleged prescription drug diversion ring uncovered by the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego. The ring revolved around the Galloway, White Cross, and Park Boulevard pharmacies, which are owned by the Atiya family. The owners have not been implicated and denied knowledge of the diversion scheme. The DEA has suspended controlled substance orders for Galloway and White Cross pharmacies and has ordered the Park Boulevard pharmacy to show why it should be allowed to dispense controlled substances. According to the DEA, Ahmad Hnaino, White Cross Pharmacy's pharmacist-in-charge, illegally distributed 6,000 hydrocodone tablets and 477 oxycodone tablets to an individual in a parking lot without a prescription. In addition, the criminal complaint alleges, pharmacy technicians Jesus Macias and Jose Jesus Peruch Saenz ordered over 90,000 tablets of hydrocodone and over 1,600 tablets of oxycodone for illegal distribution. Hnaino faces more than 25 years in jail and over $1 million in fines if convicted.

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