Simi Valley - Narcotics Task Force Arrests Local Pharmacist for Illegal Drug Sales
8/21/2013 3:00:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Simi Valley Pharmacist Arrested
1687 Erringer Road, Suite 101, Simi Valley
Date & Time:
August 7, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.
Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
(S) Kent Miles
On August 7, 2013, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Pharmacist Kent Miles after a three month investigation. Miles is the owner / pharmacist of Home Care Pharmacy in Simi Valley. Miles was arrested after detectives learned he sold Fentanyl on numerous occasions absent a legitimate valid prescription. Detectives also learned his pharmacy had become a source of supply for individuals involved in doctor shopping. That is, individuals were filling prescriptions obtained from multiple doctors, in close proximity of time to each other, all at Home Care Pharmacy. It appeared from the investigation that Miles was not ensuring prescriptions were being dispensed for legitimate medical purposes as he is required to pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code. Miles surrendered the pharmacy's DEA registration thereby eliminating his ability to dispense controlled substances. All controlled substances were seized from his pharmacy.
The Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division Office of Diversion and the California Pharmacy Board assisted in the investigation.
Miles is out of custody on bail, awaiting further court proceedings.
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation. The task force's main mission is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market.
Recently, the task force contacted all 192 pharmacies in the county with the assistance of every local police agency. Pharmacists were reminded that they have a corresponding responsibility to ensure controlled substances dispensed from their pharmacy are done so for legitimate medical purposes only. Each pharmacy was also given information and tools to assist them in protecting their pharmacy, the public and assisting law enforcement in its endeavors to curtail diversion.
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date:
August 21, 2013
Sergeant Victor Fazio
(805) 856 8793
Captain Chris Dunn