N.C. Internet Pharmacies Investigated; Nashville Man Charged

Wilmington, NC (AP) -- A federal indictment reveals that two North Carolina-based internet pharmacies are under investigation for distributing controlled substances.

Wilmington-based United Care Pharmacy and a sister business, Kwik Fill in Fayetteville, distributed several controlled drugs without requiring customers to consult with a physician.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says United Care distributed several types of drugs, including erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, painkiller Vicodin and anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Four people have been charged in what the DEA described as a rogue internet pharmacy.

Wilmington residents Andrew Thomas Russo and Denis Leborgne, along with David John of Nashville and pharmacist John Tuite of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, made their first court appearances last week.

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