Cops Arrest West Palm Beach VA Employees, Allege They Were Selling Drugs to Vets

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West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center
The Palm Beach State Attorney's Office announced today that it has charged 19 people at the West Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center with running the place like a pill mill.

According to State Attorney Michael McAuliffe, more than 6,000 oxycodone pills were seized as part of a seven-month operation that led to the arrest of six hospital employees as well as several veterans at the VA and their "associates."

The State Attorney's Office says the people arrested were either selling oxycodone or marijuana -- or a combination of both -- among one another at the hospital.

McAuliffe calls prescription drug trafficking the "worst bully we have faced in this community in some time" and describes the charges for a few of those arrested, with several of those people facing up to 75 years in prison if convicted.

From a quick check of medical certification records, two of the employees are respiratory therapist Robert Cefola -- who faces two counts of trafficking oxycodone and one count of selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a place of worship -- and certified pharmacy technician Terri Guerra, who faces one count of conspiracy to traffic oxycodone.

The others arrested were Damien Davis, Tisha Dennis, Arthur Ford, Ellen Hugee, Robin Hugee, Shawn Montgomery, Douglas Reese, Arseletter Robinson, Stephon Robinson, Samuel Taylor, Joseph Trowell, and Melvin Williams. Each of them faces a maximum prison sentence of at least 15 years if convicted.

The State Attorney's Office says it will release the names of the other five people charged once they are arrested.

In addition to the 6,000 pills the cops seized, they also took in nearly $200,000 in cash and two vehicles.

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i cant believe that has happen i use to work there


"In addition to the 6,000 pills the cops seized, they also took in nearly $200,000 in cash and two vehicles."I expect many more arrests and a great need to punish those who hurt Veterans with this action...


This article is crap.  Not enough info.  You can't even really tell what's going on except that two people were arrested with mad weed, pills, and money.  Why?  What was the scam? Did they sell to kids?  Or were they selling painkillers and appetite enhancers to injured Vets? (that wanted them anyway probably)


No compassion for those vets/ANYBODY who don't live in a medical marijuana state? Place of worship probably a room in the hospital for meditation? How about using a sacrement of choice? The docs are afraid of losing their licenses fo rsome  buerocrate's perception of prescribing excessive pain medicine.

Leagalize & tax all drugs. It's a health issue, not a reason to trash someone's life,


"selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a place of worship" Wait what ? ... I understand the school zone thing but a place of worship ? ... shouldn't god be able to take care of himself ?

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