1 of Beckley's Biggest Oxycontin Dealers Busted

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#1 May 28, 2011
Beckley Detectives say they've taken one of the city's largest pill dealers off the streets with their latest arrest on Friday...

BECKLEY -- Beckley Police spent part of Friday afternoon searching three homes in Beckley. The searches brought a several month-long investigation into suspected drug dealer Tony Bennett to an end. Detectives within the Beckley Police Departmentís Drug Unit, accuse Bennett of being one of the largest known oxycontin dealers in the area.

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bob

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#2 May 28, 2011
The biggest dealers are the doctors. This is token compared to them. Problem not solved.

Since: Jun 10

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#3 May 28, 2011
I know, and it's completely beyond me, (thank God), how family members allow those types of doctors to over-prescribe to their supposed loved ones without turning them in to the authorities.
Anonymous

Chanute, KS

#4 May 28, 2011
Don't you understand that if you people don't go to these doctors and get these pills the stocks I have in the pharmaceutical companies, then I will not have enough money to buy "crack" AND vacation with Dorothy in Oceana!!!
no show

Beckley, WV

#5 May 28, 2011
One down and 5 million more to go. Bob you are right about the doctors being the biggest dealers. Why they don't go after them more is beyond me.

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#6 May 28, 2011
Maybe some positive changes will begin in July if that new prescription monitoring program interconnect system can start catching the addicts & dealers who doctor shop.
pops

Tarboro, NC

#7 May 28, 2011
hourglass wrote:
Maybe some positive changes will begin in July if that new prescription monitoring program interconnect system can start catching the addicts & dealers who doctor shop.
This is possible but what concerns me is they wont prescribe drugs to people that really need them.I have never used oxy but it has been prescribed to me.I threw it away but it is supposed to be good for pain.
Hello Again

Beckley, WV

#8 May 28, 2011
I think that they blame should be placed where it belongs .... I agree that too many doctors pass out pills to people that do not need them , but I do not think they are the only ones to blame. The people that decide to take them for recreational purposes should be held accountable, the ones selling them too .... it is rediculous to just blame the doctors.
Itried

Saint Albans, WV

#9 May 28, 2011
Hello Again wrote:
I think that they blame should be placed where it belongs .... I agree that too many doctors pass out pills to people that do not need them , but I do not think they are the only ones to blame. The people that decide to take them for recreational purposes should be held accountable, the ones selling them too .... it is rediculous to just blame the doctors.
I was married to a drug addict for 30 years,from the time he came back from viet nam until 2000,when I divorced him.I gave up on trying to "help" him.I also started turning in doctors in the late 70's and I can tell you-it does absolutely no good.During all those years I told drs my husband was getting drugs from 2 sometimes 3 other drs-plus getting all he wanted from the VA.Never did they do a thing about it-they did not care--when he finally overdosed and died 2 years ago the police found 20 (yes 20)bottles of pain pills-nerve pills under his pillow from 3 drs in Beckley.Still nothing was done.Until we get to the root of drug abuse which is drs nothing will ever change.
i no

Oak Hill, WV

#10 May 28, 2011
dont be jelious tony made more money then yall keep it real tony and dont tell
Hello Again

Beckley, WV

#11 May 28, 2011
That is an awful story however an addict will always find a way to get pills whether it be a doctor, ten doctors or some pill pusher in the street. It was great that you tried to help him,but I know from different experiences that unless he wanted the help himself and tried to get help himself there would have been no saving him. The doctors only prescribe medicine, they do not put it in their patient's mouth or up their patient's noses, therefore they should not take ALL of the blame.
daisy212

Beckley, WV

#12 May 28, 2011
Yes controlling the drug problem starts with controlling the doctors that prescribe them. these pills that are being sold on the streets have to be
prescribed by a doctor . So yes you can bust these
people all you want but someone else will take their place the next day if you dont start going after the doctors that are handy at writing the Rx for them
Why

Beckley, WV

#13 May 29, 2011
Tony is a great guy, he just got caught up in the system, gas. food, the cost of living goes up but your payday doesn't,I guess he had to make a living some how, but he has always been a hard working honest man, I will get crucified for saying this,but I hope he gets out,the doctors are the real pill pushers, if you are disabled you get any drug you want, people who really need pain meds cannot get them, so they have to buy them off the street, I do not do drugs myself, but I know Tony well, he was doing what he had to do to survive, and yes it was a shock to me to know what he was doing
seriously

Beckley, WV

#14 May 29, 2011
You HAVE to be high to tolerate living in Beckley. This place is a cesspit. Quit judging people and let them live their lives. People's prescriptions are their business not yours. I wish Tony Bennett all the best, and could everybody please remember to use Spell-Check.
Hello Again

Beckley, WV

#15 May 29, 2011
I think both should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, the doctor's if they are guilty of wrong doing and the dealers on the streets.
I would never "crucify" anyone for their opinion, but I cannot believe that someone would say that a person would have to sell pills in order to make ends meet, I have a family, a house, two cars ... and I support them without selling drugs or any other illegal activity. Life is tough, bills are high, but that is no reason to risk your own or someone else's life. What if the "Tony's" of the world were selling those pills to your children ? Would you wish him the best then?
As far as having to be high to live in Beckley, grow up, life is what you make it, if you aren't happy here ,go somewhere else, save your drug money up and and vacate the cesspit !!!
seriously

Beckley, WV

#16 May 29, 2011
Please don't "borrow" my screen name. I DON'T wish a dope-peddler the best. I DON'T have to be high to get through the day......
Interested Resident

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#17 May 29, 2011
seriously wrote:
You HAVE to be high to tolerate living in Beckley. This place is a cesspit. Quit judging people and let them live their lives. People's prescriptions are their business not yours. I wish Tony Bennett all the best, and could everybody please remember to use Spell-Check.
I agree with the poster above. I place judgement on people who resort to illegal activities to make ends meet. Life is damn tough. However, you can make the best or it or not. Your choice and option. No one has put a gun to your head and said you have to live here. If they have, you are running with the wrong crowd. Pack your belongings and move. I am not from here and have lived in several different states. I wouldn't live anywhere else now.

People's prescriptions become my business when they sell
them illegally to addicts looking for a fix. There is no limit to the ages they will sell them to or ask someone else to sell them for them. Be honest and do the right/legal things. Then you earn my support.
From Beckley Originally

Blairsville, GA

#18 May 29, 2011
daisy212 wrote:
Yes controlling the drug problem starts with controlling the doctors that prescribe them. these pills that are being sold on the streets have to be
prescribed by a doctor . So yes you can bust these
people all you want but someone else will take their place the next day if you dont start going after the doctors that are handy at writing the Rx for them
I totally disagree.

It's NOT doctors who are the problem, rather an unwillingness of our lawmakers to authorize and pay for a computer-based program (individual's record of all script written for Class I narcotics) that would flag the people who go to several doctors - without informing any of the others of what they're doing (seeing several doctors with the same "complaint" to get the same script).

The lawyers say it's a "privacy issue" and can't allow it.
Itried

Saint Albans, WV

#19 May 29, 2011
From Beckley Originally wrote:
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I totally disagree.
It's NOT doctors who are the problem, rather an unwillingness of our lawmakers to authorize and pay for a computer-based program (individual's record of all script written for Class I narcotics) that would flag the people who go to several doctors - without informing any of the others of what they're doing (seeing several doctors with the same "complaint" to get the same script).
The lawyers say it's a "privacy issue" and can't allow it.
i agree with you in a way--but what about the doctors that are told by a member of the drug addicts family that the person is going to all these other drs--what do you think drs should do??

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#20 May 29, 2011
From Beckley Originally wrote:
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I totally disagree.
It's NOT doctors who are the problem, rather an unwillingness of our lawmakers to authorize and pay for a computer-based program (individual's record of all script written for Class I narcotics) that would flag the people who go to several doctors - without informing any of the others of what they're doing (seeing several doctors with the same "complaint" to get the same script).
The lawyers say it's a "privacy issue" and can't allow it.
That is not going to help the problem when one doctor is precscribing ppl 240 mg of narcotics a day, you don't have to dr shop around here. Dr shopping is not the problem its the pill mill clinics who are lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical companys every day. Yes it is the patients responsibility on whether or not they go here, but you have good honest people who are referred to these places by there drs and trust these ppl and take the meds they are prescribed and get hooked. But more importantly it gives the druggies an "excuse" to stay high all day. Drug tests are not effective anymore because everyone has a prescription to be high. And if you are someone that is permanently disabled or such with chronic pain and need pain meds to get thru your daily life this does not apply to you, this should only offend druggies, as I usually always get bashed when I critize the dope clinics.

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