Plaquemine man arrested in prescription drug scheme

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Benjamin Landry

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police arrested a Plaquemine man accused of being part of a prescription drug ring in which more than 200 fraudulent prescriptions for the pain-killing drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone were filled from June 2008 to December 2013.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies booked Benjamin Landry, 40, 58475 Island Drive, Plaquemine, into Parish Prison on Friday on counts of racketeering and distribution and manufacturing of Schedule II drugs.

Landry and eight other people - including employees, former employees and patients of the Louisiana Spine and Sports Medicine clinic in Baton Rouge – are suspected of filling out 232 forged prescriptions and exchanging the drugs for money.

The investigation began when a local pharmacy faxed a copy of a prescription to the clinic for verification on Dec. 2 and the doctor realized he never wrote that prescription.