A major drug bust has occurred involving Murfreesboro Police and the Manchester Police Departments. The bust was part of a multi-county drug pipeline that had been operating for more than two years.
A confidential female informant who helped police said violent dealers will do what it takes to protect their golden goose. In this case, a never ending supply of pills like oxycodone were hitting the streets for big money in six counties: Coffee, Rutherford, Bedford, Franklin, Williamson and Davidson.
Chief Investigator Billy Butler in Manchester said the dealers somehow obtained lists of the DEA numbers needed to write their own narcotic prescriptions and then started printing up their own prescriptions after somehow obtaining the special paper needed to complete the task.
“Pharmacies usually catch fakes,” said Butler. “But not these…they are too good.”
A joint operation between Manchester and Murfreesboro police led to the confiscation of bogus prescriptions, computers and printers used to make the fakes. Three people have been arrested; Gary Pinkston, Christine Sankey and Johnny Turner. The three had been living in Coffee County.
Butler said that more arrests are coming including some prominent doctors and registered nurses involved in the scheme.