Investigation leads to arrest in illegal prescription drug sales

A store manager of Rita’s Bakery in Logan was arrested for dealing prescription drugs following an investigation byt the Utah Attorney General SECURE Strike Force. On June 21, an informant entered the bakery, located at 25 W. 300 North in Logan, and was aided by a female employee in buying prescription medication. The informant was able to purchase Prodolina, a form of metamizol sodico sold in Mexico. The drug, used as a painkiller and fever reducer, has been banned in the United States due to potentially fatal side effects. Ernesto Espinoza, bakery manager, was arrested July 12 after a search warrant was executed for Rita’s Bakery. Espinoza admitted to being involved in selling prescription medications without a license, according to court documents, but denied he was the one who ordered the drugs. Officers questioned employees when the search warrant was executed, and at least two of these employees said Espinoza was in fact in charge of ordering the medications. “The store employees also stated that Espinoza was the one to give permission to sell the medications to customers who come in to the store to request the prescription medication,” the court document states. The prescription medications were found in the back manager’s office and on display in the front of the store. According to the

<a href=”http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/drugfact/prescrptn_drgs/rx_ff.html”>Office of National Drug Control</a>

, prescription medication is the second most abused category of drugs, the first being marijuana. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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