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Deputies: Tips lead to woman's arrest on prescription drug charges

BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Citizen tips have twice led to the arrest of a Belleair Bluffs woman on charges that she doctor shopped and sold painkillers, Pinellas sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said they received multiple complaints of excessive foot traffic and suspected drug activity outside the home of Christina Marie Allegrini, 42, of 215 Valencia Blvd.

The sheriff's narcotics strategic diversion task force began to investigate and on Jan. 14 they arrested Allegrini on seven counts of doctor shopping, three counts of trafficking in oxycodone, and six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deputies said.

On Feb. 8, according to detectives, Allegrini was released from jail and placed under supervision.

On Wednesday, detectives received another tip that Allegrini was again using the same doctor's information, this time to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. After surveillance, they arrested her on one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Allegrini was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting $5,000 bail Wednesday night.

Deputies said the case highlights the importance of citizen complaints. People can report criminal activity at (727) 582-6200 or anonymously at 1-800-873-8477

Deputies: Tips lead to woman's arrest on prescription drug charges 03/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 4, 2011 11:33am]
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