Former pain clinic owner arrested in illegal prescription drug sales

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Ex-pain clinic owner arrested in drug sales

An investigation into the illegal sale of prescription drugs led to the arrest Tuesday of a former pain clinic owner who sold her personal medications, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said.

Renee DeMasso, 42, of Tarpon Springs, had legitimate prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone, deputies said. A months-long investigation found that DeMasso was selling the drugs.

DeMasso was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of trafficking in illegal drugs and a probation violation.

She had owned two pain clinics — the UR Medical Group Clinic at 8800 49th St., Pinellas Park, and the JAR Medical Group Clinic at 11589 Seminole Blvd., Largo, deputies said. Both closed in 2010.

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Information sought in osprey death

Wildlife authorities are investigating the death of an osprey that was found Tuesday morning in a Palm Harbor neighborhood.

The adult male bird, which was found on a sidewalk near 2539 Shoreline Circle in the Cobb's Landing neighborhood, was taken to Busch Gardens where a veterinary X-ray revealed metal fragments in its body, officials said. Investigators are trying to determine how the bird died, but the fragments indicate it was shot.

Both federal and state laws prohibit the killing of ospreys. Doing so can result in hefty fines and possible jail time.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking anyone with information to call toll-free 1-888-404-3922.

Former pain clinic owner arrested in illegal prescription drug sales 04/24/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:23pm]

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