[Pharmwaste] Owner of Northfield drug disposal service admits selling pills on street

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Thu Jul 30 18:16:38 EDT 2009



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Owner of Northfield drug disposal service admits selling pills on street

By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: July 30, 2009 - 10:44 AM

The owner of a Northfield company that collects outdated, recalled or
pharmaceuticals has admitted in federal court to diverting prescription
drugs for sale on the street.

Mark Andrew Goetz, 41, of Prior Lake, pleaded guilty Tuesday in
to illegally distributing Xanax and OxyContin this year. The
both during sting operations, involved more than 1,600 tablets,
according to
the indictment.

Goetz owns Pharmaceutical Returns, a reverse distributor of controlled
substances that is authorized by the federal Drug Enforcement
(DEA) to collect the drugs and return them to the companies for credit
destroy them at approved incinerators.

According to the indictment:

In January, members of the Metro Gang Strike Task Force learned that
was redirecting controlled substances to his drug customers just before
shortly after scheduled destructions. Officers set up a sting on Jan. 10
Goetz's home involving 99 tablets of Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug. A
"controlled purchase" of 1,274 tablets of OxyContin, a painkiller, and
tablets of Xanax was conducted by the DEA and the task force on May 6 in
south Minneapolis apartment parking lot.

Goetz was stopped as he was leaving the parking lot, and officers seized
small amount of a controlled substance and a laptop computer.

Sentencing for Goetz, who faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison,
yet to be scheduled.

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