A Baton Rouge rehabilitation clinic director is one of more than 280 people accused in a multistate illegal prescription drug sweep by federal agents, U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced Wednesday.
Another 10 people were arrested by Baton Rouge police.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents carried out Operation Pilluted for 15 months, finding over 20 doctors and pharmacists in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas who were allegedly involved in the illegal distribution of prescription medications.
Baton Rouge resident Shanta Barnes, 49, who served as program director for Louisiana Health and Rehabilitation Options, is accused of surreptitiously using patient information to obtain and distribute thousands of prescription medications and obtain Medicaid reimbursements for the drugs.
Operation Pilluted involved nearly 1,000 law enforcement organizations, including the Baton Rouge Police Department, which arrested 10 people on various counts Wednesday, including conspiring to obtain controlled dangerous substances by fraud and conspiring to distribute illegal drugs. They are:
Dylan Bateman, 23, 10816 Stone Pine Drive, Greenwell Springs.
Michael Calamia Jr., 23, 7743 Shady Park Drive, Greenwell Springs.
Dain Deroche, 26, 310 W. Main St., Baton Rouge.
Monique Dudley, 50, 9147 N. Ridgewood Drive, Baton Rouge.
Andrew Gilmore, 44, 288 W. Grant St., Baton Rouge.
Roderick Pondexter, 30, 8312 Calverton Drive, Central.
Julie Schopfer, 54, 14726 Brent Ave., Baton Rouge.
Christian Thierry, 39, 749 N. Carrollton Ave. Apt. 240, Baton Rouge.
Bonnie Toppins, 21, 5051 Sycamore St., Baton Rouge.
Robert Waldon, 70, 5896 Commerce St., St. Francisville.