A Shelocta man is among a long list people arrested as part of a drug suspect roundup out of Armstrong County. Police say 54-year-old Richard Gillespie had 14 marijuana plants growing on his property. He was charged with possession and manufacture of a controlled substance.
The larger part of the case was the arrest of nine people for illegally obtaining prescription drugs. Among those charged in the case was a New Kensington pharmacist. Police say 55-year-old Cynthia Hinton filled multiple Hydrocondone prescriptions at several Rite-Aid pharmacies for several people and then signed the patient log under their names. They say she was seen paying for the drugs and taking them with her when she left the stores. According to court documents, Hinton admitted to creating fraudulent prescriptions Rite-Aids in Ford City, New Bethlehem and Apollo. She also admitted to stealing Hydrocodone from Rite Aids in Blairsville, Latrobe, Kittanning, Uniontown and Johnstown. Audits of all Rite Aid locations found that more than 3,800 doses of the drug were missing, adding up to more than $2,400.
A nurse was also arrested in the drug sweep. Police say Erika Parsons used physicians’ Drug Enforcement Administration numbers to call in prescriptions. Police say she was able to get Oxycodone and Vicodin from pharmacies in Indiana, Armstrong and Allegheny counties from May 2011 to June 2011.