“Prescription Tourists” Thwarting Florida and Other States In Pill Mill Crackdowns

Jacksonville is filled with those people who aspire to be great. However, the stress of attempting to be great can be momentous, and as such, those people turn to substances that help them relax. However, those substances, when used in high quantity, can be destructive to that vision of being great. If one has been accused of a drug crime, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure that one can continue on that path to greatness.

According to today.msnbc.com, Gerald Dixon, as well as many others are thwarting state crackdowns on illegal sale of painkillers. Being referred to as “prescription tourists,” these individuals drive to states like Florida and Georgia. Dixon and others would merely go to a pain clinic, obtain the prescription pills, and then sell them on the street for a higher price. imagespolicelights.jpg

Jacksonville drug cases can be routine from time to time; however, this does not mean that each drug case should be treated the same nor does it mean that each case has its own unique set of circumstances, defenses, and mitigating factors. These factors will determine whether one, in the mind of the judge, should go to jail, rehab, or a combination of both.

So-called Jacksonville pill-pushers, pill-mills they operate, and other connections they have throughout the state have caught the attention of police and prosecutors in recent years as drug investigators have begun focusing on painkiller drugs that can be equally harmful if abused.

This has led to many arrests of professionals, such as doctors, pharmacists, and others involved in the medical industry. Unlike simple buyers and sellers, this new wave of drug crime defendants are being charged with massive fraud and racketeering scams.

Facing these additional charges elevates the case to an entirely new level. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can help those facing significant sanctions and prison time.
Many times, the main actors in charge of operating pill schemes are making huge amounts of illicit cash. When arrested, the main actors will be facing a harsh minimum mandatory sentences under Florida law, even if they have no prior criminal history .

Many times in cases like this there are peripheral “co-conspirators” who were simply doing what their bosses told them to do without knowledge that this was part of a bigger money-making scheme. Prosecutors may overlook those facts, casting as wide a net as possible. In doing so, weak cases may be pushed as part of the public relations campaign put on for the media. Following coverage of raids and arrests, the media is nowhere to be found when defense attorneys are successful in having the charges reduced or dismissed because of a lack of evidence or other weakness in the state’s case.

Many times, the accused is merely trying to make a little extra cash to pay the bills. However, the cost of going away to prison for one’s crime could be more than any bill could ever amount. Sometimes, the offender is in desperate need of being cleaned up. One’s hope for a treatment program is not out of reach. There are options other than a jail cell. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can provide those options.


One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights protected. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source:‘Prescription tourists’ thwart states’ crackdown on illegal sale of painkillers, Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Today.msnbc.com