Feds search suspected Longwood pill mill

Feds search suspected Longwood pill mill

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Federal agents detained more than 20 people Friday connected with a Longwood pain clinic they say is a pill mill.

Officials say the Professional Pain Center illegally gives out large amounts of pain medicine.

"At approximately 10:30 this morning, we conducted a search warrant after a two-year investigation in reference to drug abuse and prescription drug use," Longwood Officer Kevin Tuck said.

Some suspected buyers were questioned and released. Federal agents could be seen bringing out bags of evidence collected inside the clinic. A doctor's car was taken from the parking lot.

Nearby business workers said the clinic has been a nuisance for more than two years.

"What we put up with is some of the patients of this pain clinic have defecated on my property," insurance agent Chase Herbig said. "I'm finding syringes on the property, shooting up on the property, trespassing constantly. I've had to put up additional security cameras," he said.

Officers from Longwood Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seminole County Multi-Agency City/County Investigations Bureau conducted the investigation.

"I'm so grateful to the DEA, police and officers for getting this stopped, and I hope it works out for the community," Herbig said.

Authorities also served search warrants in Brevard County, including at one of the doctors' homes.

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