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Oxy Pill Mill Shut Down in Van Nuys

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Authorities shut down an illegal "pill mill" in Van Nuys yesterday that sold Oxy to addicts and dealers.

Pill mills can generate thousands of dollars per day for the illegal sale of the highly addictive narcotic Oxycontin/Oxycodone to patients who have never had a medical exam.

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department along with state and federal agencies served a search warrant at the Roscoe Van Nuys Medical Clinic, the same location that was shut down last year for a similar operation. It reopened with new doctors and staff, according to the Sheriff's report. 70 "patients" were detained and the clinic's manager, Aida Hawatmeh, was arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony and conspiracy to furnish unlawful prescriptions.

Several employees of the clinic, including doctors, are still under investigation.

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