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Crystal Beach couple face prescription drug charges

CRYSTAL BEACH — Pinellas deputies said a couple arrested Monday had fraudulently obtained more than 12,000 prescription pills over the past year and were selling them out of their home.

Officials with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested 44-year-old Frank D. Feitz and 42-year-old Tracy A. Mahoney at their home at 406 Maryland Ave.

Feitz was charged with two counts of doctor shopping, two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and four counts of trafficking in oxycodone. Mahoney was charged with six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and six counts of trafficking in oxycodone.

Sheriff's Office investigators said they received an anonymous tip last month that Feitz and Mahoney were getting prescription drugs illegally and selling them at the home.

Detectives determined the couple had gotten more than 12,000 pills — nearly 9,000 oxycodone pills, more than 2,300 methadone tablets, 720 Xanax pills and 150 Valium pills — from eight doctors between May 2010 and June 2011, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Child protection investigators removed two school-age boys from the home at the time of the arrest, the Sheriff's Office said.

The doctors and pharmacies involved cooperated with the investigation. Deputies said they expect to levy additional charges based on evidence found at the home, but they declined to be more specific, citing the ongoing investigation.

Mahoney's first name is spelled as Tracy, Tracey or Traci, according to Pinellas court records. She also sometimes goes by the last name Mahoney-Feitz, court records show. It was not clear Monday if the couple is married, but they live together as a family, the Sheriff's Office said.

On Monday, Feitz and Mahoney were both being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $110,000 bail, though bail for some charges had not been set.

Mahoney has previous convictions on charges of petty theft, retail theft and driving while license suspended or revoked, according to Pinellas court records. At the time of Monday's arrest, she was on probation for a cocaine possession charge. Feitz was previously convicted on a charge of domestic battery, Pinellas court records show.

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