DEA agents raid nearly a dozen suspected illegal drug mills in southwest Houston

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by Jeff McShan /KHOU 11 News

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Posted on October 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 22 at 8:59 PM

HOUSTON—DEA agents raided nearly a dozen pharmacies and clinics Monday they suspected were operating as illegal prescription drug mills in southwest Houston.

The DEA, along with Houston and Conroe police, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers conducted the sting at the offices simultaneously around 10:15 a.m.

Most of the businesses – which were all within a one-block area—were located in mid-rises along the 9800 block of Bissonet, according to police.

DEA agents finally said enough was enough.

“It’s a problem in this area and people have complained before,” said Asac Tony Scott, with the DEA. “There have been numerous articles written about the problems in the Bissonet area on illegal pain clinics operating. So it is our effort, along with our state and local partners to try and answer some of the problems that our citizens are complaining about.”

Agents said it was a significant bust: they raided nearly 12 businesses, and confiscated records and other materials.

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