Friday, March 29, 2019

DEA Audit of Roland Pharmacy Described as Routine

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration closed a Roland pharmacy for most of Thursday morning to conduct a routine audit of controlled substances and pharmacy records.

A spokesperson for the DEA in the McAlester area explained that investigators were at the pharmacy on an administrative inspection warrant.

“It allows us to go in and review records and at the same time, ask the pharmacist to conduct an audit of controlled substances on the property,” the DEA spokesperson said, adding that the random investigation is routine for any DEA registrant to ensure they are compliant with DEA regulations.

The DEA agent said they were not there for a criminal warrant and no one went to jail. He said if any violations are found, the DEA could take action through civil fines or even revocation of the pharmacy’s DEA registration.

Eric Helms, investigator with the District 27 Drug Task Force, said they served as security for the administrative search by the DEA for pill counts and a records check at Roland Pharmacy, 100 E. Ray Fine Blvd. in the Roland Hills shopping center.

“We were just there to assist them and turn away customers as they came to the door,” Helms said.

DEA agents were at the pharmacy throughout Thursday morning, and left shortly after noon.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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