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Agencies speak out after Tifton drug raid

Law enforcers from several agencies are speaking out as the investigation into a Tifton pharmacy unravels.  Four people, including the pharmacist now sit behind bars in Turner County.  And more warrants are expected to be issued.

"I want this arrest to send a very strong message that if you're going to go out there and make these type choices and operate outside of the law, then we will come after you," said Tifton County Sheriff Gene Scarborough.

Tifton Drugs on Main Street was open Friday, operating as normal. This as representatives from a Valdosta based commercial bank began seizing assets of Tifton Drug Company. It all stems from a five month long state and federal investigation.

"The investigation began when there was concern about the amount of scheduled drugs that were being dispensed out of the pharmacy," said Kim Baker with the GBI.

The investigation came to a head Wednesday after Turner County Sheriff's deputies arrested Michael and Keith Lindsey.

During a traffic stop authorities found 1,000 hydrocodone tablets in their possession that were believed to have been diverted from Tifton Drugs.

"We all work together and we have a common goal to serve the public and do the best we can at it and everybody has done a good job. We were able to make arrests and no one got hurt," said Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester.

64 year-old Carole Ray, the owner and pharmacist of Tifton Drugs was arrested at her Sycamore home Thursday morning. A large quantity of controlled substances and about 10-thousand dollars in cash were recovered from her home.

"She was one of the main people that were identified early on in the investigation. During the investigation information was learned about the other people who were arrested," said Baker.

After authorities searched Ray's home, they searched Tifton Drugs which is where we caught officials on camera hauling out boxes of documents from the pharmacy.

The investigation also led agents to R&R Auto Car Care in Ashburn where owner Ricky Walker was also picked up and arrested.

Carole Ray is charged with Conspiracy to Possess a Schedule III Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.  Additional charges are expected to be filed.


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