PINELLAS PARK — A Pinellas County sheriff's task force arrested 11 people Monday in a sting operation aimed at curbing prescription drug crimes.
The sting was a result 10-month investigation dubbed "Operation Pill Poppers," which identified 74 suspects who obtained different types of prescription pills through fraudulent means, according to officials. The pills have a street value of more than $750,000.
Investigators set up a command post at the former Egg Platter restaurant at 6851 66th St. N in Pinellas Park, where they brought the 11 arrested suspects.
Last week detectives arrested nine of the suspects. The task force issued warrants for the remaining suspects and hopes to arrest them in coming days, said sheriff's Sgt. Tom Nestor.
The task force of St. Petersburg police and Pinellas sheriff's investigators was created to help combat the pharmaceutical fraud and doctor-shopping epidemic, Nestor said.