|July 26, 2011
Contact: Whitney Ray
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PORT ORANGE, Fla.– Attorney General Pam Bondi applauds the Port Orange Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration for arresting five individuals today on charges related to prescription drug trafficking. The arrests come at the end of a nearly year-and-a-half-long investigation by the Port Orange Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Attorney General’s Office, State Attorney’s Office 7th Judicial Circuit and the Department of Health.
“Today’s five arrests for charges related to prescription drug trafficking are a perfect example of how we are working together to eradicate Florida’s pill mills,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “Our Office of Statewide Prosecution will aggressively prosecute this case and all other cases in Florida when illegal activity spans multiple jurisdictions. I commend the lead agencies on this investigation, the Port Orange Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, for their hard work.”
Port Orange Public Safety Director Gerald M Monahan, Jr. said of the operation, “The arrests of these individuals culminates over a year and one half year of intensive collaborative investigation by law enforcement partners including the Port Orange Criminal Investigative Division, the Orlando Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, Florida Department of Health, and the State Attorney’s Office 7th Judicial Circuit. I want to express my sincere appreciation to all these officers and agents and their departments for all of their efforts on behalf of the citizens of Port Orange. I would also like to thank Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Anne Wedge-McMillen for her diligent and tireless work leading up to these arrests.”
Doctor Ataur Rahman was arrested and charged with five (5) counts of trafficking in illegal drugs – Oxycodone, racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and money laundering. The total bond amount is $205,000.
This investigation also uncovered several co-conspirators of Doctor Rahman who were former employees and/or patients. These individuals were similarly engaged in the illegal diversion of these prescription narcotics with the knowledge and assistance of Doctor Rahman, resulting in the issuance of felony warrants for trafficking in illegal drugs – Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, conspiracy to traffic in illegal drugs, racketeering, and conspiracy to commit racketeering.
The co-conspirators are identified as: Maranda Francis - New Smyrna Beach, Bettie Gordon - Port Orange, Rick Roush – currently incarcerated in a West Virginia Federal Prison on unrelated charges, and Sean Reynolds - Ormond Beach. Total bond amounts are $500,000 each.
Doctor Rahman and the above named individuals were taken into custody on July 26 by investigators from the Port Orange Police Department and Orlando Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration during a joint operation, and they are currently being held at the Volusia County Branch jail.