Tifton Gazette

Homepage

June 3, 2014

Tifton Drugs open for business, new pharmacist brought in

TIFTON —

After an investigation of local pharmacy Tifton Drugs, which led to four arrests, the doors will reopen Wednesday at its regular hours, says local attorney Herbert Benson.

A search of the business was conducted Thursday by law enforcement, where boxes of documents were seized as evidence and transported from the pharmacy. Carole Ray, the pharmacist in charge and owner of Tifton Drugs, was among the ones arrested following a five month criminal investigation into the diversion of controlled substances by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sylvester field office, Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Benson said a new licensed pharmacist will be at the business at all times. The regular workers will be there to service customers as well.

The Tifton Gazette previously reported that a Valdosta-based bank had seized the assets of Tifton Drugs following Thursday's raid on the drug firm. Commercial Banking Company filed a petition of writ of possession with the Tift County Superior Court Friday afternoon to seize Tifton Drugs. The filing says Tifton Drugs had a loan note valued at $238,000 through Commercial Bank, according to Gwen Pate, Tift County’s clerk of the superior court.

Following a meeting Tuesday, Benson told The Gazette over the phone that they reached an agreement with the bank and judge so that the writ of possession can be amended to allow Tifton Drugs to continue its operations.

"The writ is technically pending as we work through other matters," he noted.

To Tifton Drugs customers, pharmacy tech Brandy Carr commented, "Thank you for your prayers and support, and we'll be glad to serve you."

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

1
Text Only
Local News

Local Sports
20140801 Tift volleyball.JPG

The 2014 Tift County Lady Devils volleyball team. Summer Bennett, Chat Butts, Carolina Carter, Kaleigh Hobby, Molly Jones, Savannah Kendrick, Mariena McCullough, Dail Adaway, Vanity Golson, Alex Miller, Taylor Nimmo, Amanda Riddle, Logan Seeman, Taylor Cross, Karina Delgado, Audrey McElhaney, Madison Spivey, Julianna Cross and Olivia Thomas Assistants are Dana Fletcher and Chance Benson. Head coach is Courtney Mitchell.

Opinion
Obituaries
Police Reports
Your Agenda
Facebook
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Seasonal Content
Business Marquee
Weather Radar
Video
Sen. Chambliss addresses farm bill in Tifton
Riding the Steam Train at Ga. Museum of Agriculture
Nature's Beauty in a Tifton parking lot
Peanut Prices Remain Strong