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December 13, 2012

Police: Man sold pain killers he got free

Went to Maine weekly for sales, investigation shows


”He’s very much disabled and gets pills, but he’s not too disabled to drive to Maine and sell the pills,” DePaulo said.

Police said they arrested Davis after a man stopped by his apartment to buy an oxycodone pill. Police said that after buying one pill, the man drove away from the apartment and was stopped by officers. Police said Davis also drove off and a low-speed chase ensued, during which Davis was looking around his front seat. When he finally stopped his car, he swallowed something while drinking a cup of coffee, police said.

”He was able to swallow what we believe were pills,” DePaulo said.

Police said Davis had $1,118 with him when he was arrested.

”Detectives have reliable information from two separate sources that the defendant (Davis) was on his way up to Maine to sell 75 pills,” DePaulo said. “He has a regular deal every Friday morning where he goes to Maine and sells 75 pills.”

DePaulo said that after police arrested Davis, he was taken to the hospital because police believed he had swallowed some of his pills.

DePaulo said that after Davis was arrested on Friday, police obtained a search warrant for his apartment. During a search of the apartment, detectives found several containers with false bottoms, including one that contained a prescription bottle labeled 20-mg oxycodone pills, and which prescribed that the medication be taken four or fives times a day. The bottle contained 41 pills, the police report said. Police said they also found an empty prescription bottle hidden in another false-bottom container and about 100 empty pill bottles in the apartment, along with a safe containing $167.

Holland said that when police stopped Davis’ car, he had just one pill on him. Holland refuted allegations by police that Davis was selling his legally prescribed medication or that he swallowed any pills before being arrested.

”They take him to the hospital and he seemed to be OK for somebody who swallowed 75 pills and was going to drive up to Maine,” Holland said.

Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Davis held on $7,500 cash bail. He is scheduled for a Jan. 10 pretrial hearing.

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