Your average American likely pictures a drug deal in this likely scenario: two cars of people meeting under the cover of darkness, on a rarely traveled road exchanging cash for a bag of stash.    

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That might have been how deals went down years ago, but the DEA has just made an arrest that could reveal that you may have seen a drug deal or two happen right in front of your eyes.

DEA agents arrested an Irvine doctor, on accusations that he supplied numerous fraudulent prescriptions for people out of Southern California Starbucks cafes almost nightly.

If you live in Orange County, it’s quite possible that your evening tea or coffee run at the chain may have coincided with pill addicts getting their fix.       Baristas even had a hand in helping agents arrest Alvin Ming-Czech Yee, 43, of Mission Viejo.   Their witness testimony helped agents track the alleged actions of Yee. 

And he wasn’t just helping aching seniors alleviate some pain.   People came from all over to get these pills, flying in from places like Detroit, Seattle, and Phoenix.   The lead agent revealed that a third of these patients were under the age of 25.  

Yee is accused of handing out prescriptions for Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderal, and Suboxone.   These are among the strongest opiates on the street.   According to the LA Times, Yee wrote so many of these invalid prescriptions, that local pharmacies started catching on and refused to fill them.

It’s one thing for a junky to deal with an allegedly shady doctor to get his 100 pill fix of a strong opiate.    But let’s assume that these buyers were not all addicts.   These pills are big business.   They can fetch as much as $40 a piece.    That’s $4000 worth of supply to a dealer who can sell to children.

Bogus prescriptions is big business.  Kids are trying pills left and right.   2,500 children try drugs for the first time every day.   Talk to your kids about the dangers of prescription drugs, and dispose of any unused pills in the home.  This is National Drug Take Back weekend.   Saturday, thousands of community events across the country will be held from 10a-2p to collect these pills.   Utilize them.

 

 

 

 

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