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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.

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