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Ice cream man busted in major drug roundup

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By: Rachel Collier - rcollier@fox41.com

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A man is busted for selling drugs out of an ice cream truck, and he is not the only one in jail.

Law enforcement officials say prescription drug abuse is out of control in southern Indiana. There was a whole slew of people arrested on drug charges, but among the most surprising: one dealing drugs out of an ice cream truck.

At the Floyd County Sheriff's office, 47 mug shots lay across a table, and the drug charges span all across the board. Meth, cocaine, marijuana -- even heroine. But the bulk of the arrests focused on misuse of prescription drugs.

"We have some of these individuals in a 12 month period who have had 30 doctors engaged in prescriptions, with literally hundreds of individual prescriptions that clearly, responsible physicians and prescribers are not aware what this person is doing," said Keith Henderson, the Floyd County prosecutor.

He says prescription pill abuse is out of control, and the medical community needs to team up with law enforcement. There is a database doctors can access to see if a patient is a pill shopper.

"One of these individuals on the back table had a pill bottle filled yesterday of hydrocodone, of 120 pills," Henderson said. "The prescription was filled yesterday, today when the arrest warrant was executed the pills are empty. They're gone."

He says drugs are damaging the community. Police say among those arrested was an ice cream man selling drugs out of his truck. And most of the people arrested were living at or near public housing units.

Another trend: the amount of women rounded up.

"I can't recall a drug investigation of this size or nearly this size in my 20 plus years in law enforcement," said Henderson, "that had this ratio of women to males, and many of them are pill cases."

Henderson says prescriptions pills are finding their ways into schools and into the hands of young people. They have a high street value not only for the addict, but the dealer. Just one oxycontin pill can sell for $80.

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