DEA serves warrants at pharmacies

Federal officials served warrants at four local Best Care Pharmacy locations Wednesday, and the owner of one of the pharmacies told a media outlet the activity was part of a federal investigation of a local doctor.

Warrants were served at Best Care Pharmacy locations in Belington and Weston, and the Harrison County Drug Task Force and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency also served search warrants on locations in Bridgeport and Lumberport in Harrison County Wednesday, officials confirmed.

Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount, the owner of the Bridgeport Best Care Pharmacy, told the Connect Bridgeport website late Wednesday afternoon the four pharmacies “cooperated with FDA federal officials in an ongoing federal investigation of a local doctor.”

However, a spokesperson at the Clarksburg office of the DEA said a field representative would not be available to make any comments on Wednesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office offered no details either.

“We have no comment,” said Chris Zumpetta-Parr, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney William Inhlenfeld II, the district attorney for West Virginia’s Northern District. “Nobody has been charged with anything, and we won’t comment other than that. When someone is charged with an offense, that is when we (will make a statement).”

The Belington pharmacy temporarily closed its doors Wednesday, and a sign was posted in the store window that stated “Closed due to the computers being shut down. Stop back later. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

A pharmacy representative confirmed the store was experiencing computer issues, but responded to questions about a DEA visit by insisting that “it’s just neighborhood rumors.”

A sign posted at the Weston location informed customers that the store was temporarily closed. An employee at the pharmacy told The Inter-Mountain it was unclear when the store would reopen.