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DEA raids Rite Aid locations in Norwalk and Perkins

Bt Michael Harrington • Updated Jun 6, 2019 at 7:44 AM

The Rite Aid on Whittlesey Avenue in Norwalk was among several locations visited by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of an ongoing investigation.

Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney assisted agents with executing the search warrant.

Agents also executed a search warrant at the Rite Aid on Perkins Avenue in Perkins Township. 

"Federal and state law enforcement agents executed search warrants (Tuesday) at numerous Rite Aid locations as part of an ongoing investigation into potential irregularities in dispensing practices,” said Keith Martin, the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Detroit Division.

A marked Perkins police cruiser was outside the Rite Aid location at the request of the DEA. The location remained open after the visit.

“A lot of times they ask for a marked car to be there when they arrive so people don’t think it’s fraudulent,” Perkins police Chief Robb Parthemore said.

Rite Aid is facing a number of lawsuits from cities and counties in U.S. District Court in Northern Ohio related to opioid prescribing, but it remains unknown if this is connected to the DEA’s search warrant.

“Earlier today, representatives from the DEA visited certain Rite Aid stores,” company spokesman Chris Saverese said. “Rite Aid is cooperating with the DEA and has no further comment at this time.”

Martin asked anyone who believes they may have information relevant to the investigation to contact the DEA by emailing [email protected]

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