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More arrests from investigation into Hernando pain clinic

SPRING HILL — Nearly 40 people from three counties have been arrested this week as part of the second wave of arrests for Operation Glory Daze, which stems from an October sting of a Spring Hill pain management clinic.

Three of the suspects' bail amounts totaled nearly $2 million.

Dennis Hall, a 40-year-old from Spring Hill, was arrested on trafficking and fraud charges. His bail is $1.21 million. Two Weeki Wachee men, Bradley Peel, 36, and Joseph Claxton, 50, were also arrested on similar charges. Peel's bail is $505,000 and Claxton's is $105,000.

According to arrest reports, the men had signed for pain pill prescriptions filled using fake doctor's notes. Peel was caught with 240 pills, but had signed for 900 since February 2010. Claxton was nabbed with 270 pills, but had signed for 540.

Claxton and Peel both have been previously arrested on trafficking charges. Peel has multiple assault convictions and was scheduled for a pretrial hearing on separate trafficking charges when he was arrested.

Deputy Wendy McGinnis, public information officer for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday's arrests brought the total number of arrests resulting from Operation Glory Daze to 100.

The name stems from a months-long investigation into Glory Pharmacy at 5192 Mariner Blvd. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation of the pharmacy, including the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Department of Health.

News of the arrests comes on the same day that a new regulating pain management clinics takes effect. Doctors in most cases are no longer allowed to distribute many types of pain pills.

The following people were also arrested on various drug-related charges:

Walter Allen, 39, of Brooksville; Justine Chicino, 23, of Spring Hill; Kristiana Demarinis, 20, of Weeki Wachee; Clay Hulsey, 25, of Spring Hill; Gregory Johnson, 29, of Brooksville; Charlene Lewerentz, 28, of Spring Hill; Jerry Loyd, 59, of Brooksville; Brittany Maloney, 24, of Spring Hill; Scott Sauer, 48, of Masaryktown; Amanda Smalley, 23, of Weeki Wachee.

Also arrested were Thomas Smalley, 50, of Masarkytown; Tatum Shea, 25, of Spring Hill; Trasatha Wood, 37, of Masarkytown; Victor Alonso, 47, of Hudson; Melissa Cooper, 22, of Hudson; Jason Dagget, 33, of Hudson; Dawn Dees, 28, of New Port Richey; Trevor Demarinis, 25, of Inglis; Rebecca Hanshew, 24, of New Port Richey; Heather Harragan, 22, of Spring Hill; Stephen Hicks, 27, of New Port Richey; Roger Hulsey of Spring Hill; Terry Kent, 37, of Holiday; Jamie King, 29, of Holiday; Dustin Lyons, 21, of Hudson; William McNees, 63, of Spring Hill; Joseph Montgomery, 55, of Hudson; Jennifer Preeper, 24, of Spring Hill; Lori Sherburn, 29, of Port Richey; Melba Smith, 48, of Spring Hill; Robin Tonning, 50, of Spring Hill; Mark Toombs, 42, of Spring Hill; Nicole Ungehajer, 27, of New Port Richey.

Melvin Backman can be reached at mbackman@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

More arrests from investigation into Hernando pain clinic 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 6:58pm]
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