Under California’s Health and Safety Code, it’s against the law to possess or store pharmaceutical-grade prescription medicines outside of a secured pharmacy facility. This legislated proscription was brought to bear in Ventura County’s Moorpark and Northern Chatsworth area on April 30th when, according to a report to the media made by Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Victor Fazio, VCSD Deputies responded to a Moorpark residence pursuant to a report of a stolen handgun from that same residence.
When Deputies arrived at the home of John Shafer, 65, a licensed pharmacist who had reported the firearm theft, they couldn’t help but notice large numbers of various pharmaceuticals stored throughout the residence. Observing that some of the medications were opiates and highly addictive Schedule II and III controlled substances, Mr. Shafer was interviewed regarding the presence of the drugs in such quantities. According to Fazio, Shafer indicated that he “had been storing the large amounts of prescription medication for a friend.” Continue conversation and investigation into Shafer’s statements soon revealed that his “friend” was none other than Gregg Endless, 60, another pharmacist whose professional and business enterprise had been shut down by law enforcement for various Health and Safety Code violations a number of years ago.
During his conversation with Deputies on the scene, Shafer disclosed that he was in the process of “detoxing” one or more patients by providing medications to them in their own homes, which is among the practical definitions of illegally providing pharmaceuticals without a prescription.
Two days later, Ventura County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit Detectives located Mr. Endless in the Chatsworth area of northern Los Angeles County, and transported him to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of illegally transferring drugs to Mr. Shafer for presumptive resale to others, with his bail set at $50,000. The following day, May 3rd, Mr. Shafer appeared at the East Ventura County Sheriff’s Station to turn himself in on charges of illegal storage of controlled substances. He was arrested and booked into Ventura County Jail with his bail set at $10,000. According to Fazio, “additional charges are expected”.
Eventually, after a thorough search of the residence, Deputies located the handgun originally reported as stolen.
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