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South Point man at center of Huntington drug probe

Published 9:35am Wednesday, February 22, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Huntington, W.Va. pharmacy owned by a South Point man is at the center of a federal drug probe, according to a complaint filed earlier this month by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

The probe follows a nearly three-year investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration into the activities at Safe Script No. 6 at 335 Fourth Ave.

The complaint states that Wendall Kent Freeman and others “have committed and are continuing to commit violations of the controlled substances act.” The complaint notes Freeman is not a licensed pharmacist.

According to the complaint, suppliers’ records show Safe Script purchased 860,000 doses of hydrocodone from April 2007 to May 2011.

However, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy’s Controlled Substance Supervisory Program showed only 677,000 doses were properly accounted for.

“The difference of 183,000 units of hydrocodone is unlikely to be explained by innocent accounting errors,” the complaint stated.

The complaint also states Freeman was arrested Feb. 6 when his vehicle was stopped by Huntington police in an area known for prostitution and drug trafficking.

During that stop officers allegedly found numerous pill bottles containing hydrocodone and several other drugs, as well as a gun, a police scanner tuned to the Huntington Police Department and a ledger with what appeared to be names, dollar amounts and numbers. Freeman, according to the complaint, was with a woman who is allegedly well-known to police as a drug abuser.

Freeman was arrested and charged with intent to deliver a controlled substance. According to information from the Cabell County Magistrate’s Office, Freeman is free on a $100,000 bond.

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