Former NFL Quarterback Arrested on Oxycontin Burglary

Ryan Leaf in 1998 had one of the most promising futures of any quarterback in history. Now, his future seems as bleak as a hardened felon, as he stares at the possibility of serving 50 years in prison on probation violations, burglary charges and possession of Oxycontin that he did not have a prescription for.   To really understand his fall, you have to look back at where he was 14 years ago. The major debate in the sport's world at the time of the 1998 NFL draft was, Ryan Leaf or Payton Manning. Who would the Colts take with their number one draft pick? Over and over the debate raged, and it seemed like a toss up of whom would go first. It ended up being Payton Manning, who would go on to be possibly the greatest quarterback of all time, with Leaf getting drafted 2nd, and receiving a huge multi-million dollar contract.   Ryan Leaf's on-field troubles began almost immediately. He fought with coaches, other players, missed…

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Addictive Painkillers Bring Crime to the Corner Pharmacy

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has reported that armed robberies of pharmacies across the nation increased 51% between 2006 and 2010.  According to DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne, addiction to prescription drugs like DEA has fueled the surge in drug store crimes.  The desire to obtain drugs by people who are addicted and by drug dealers who traffic in black market pharmaceuticals has brought violent crime to the corner drug store.  In some cases, pharmacists are arming themselves with guns. MSNBC reports that pharmacy thieves are overwhelmingly targeting oxycodone painkillers like OxyContin and Roxicodone and hydrocone-based pain pills like Vicodin and Norco.  Both oxycodone and hydrocodone are highly addictive. Although most drug store robbers don't hurt anyone during the commission of their crime, the risk of violence seems to be increasing.  These are some of the more shocking pharmacy crimes of the past few months: •    On Father's Day, New York resident David Laffer executed four people in a Long Island pharmacy where he had gone in search of drugs…

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Famous Rock Musician Succumbs to Opiate Addiction and Robs Pharmacy on Tour

In an almost unbelievably tragic story, the destructive grip  of OxyContin is yet again displayed as a touring rock star robs a pharmacy in a taxi to get OxyContin. Michael Todd was scheduled to play the Comcast Center in Mansfield Massachussetts on the night of July 10th when he went into an Attleboro Walgreens and "held it up" (with a bomb threat  - displayed on his blackberry) for OxyContin.  He eventually was given oxycodone and left in a taxi getaway car. Why Would Someone Do This? Before you dismiss this as a laughable act of a crazy person - we would ask you to consider what kind of suffering Michael Todd might have been experiencing due to OxyContin addiction. As part of the  powerful and artistically lauded rock band Coheed and Cambria, Michael had worked his way up through the ranks of the rock circuit and acheived rock stardom status.   That fact alone is the culmination of a dream shared by millions and should have left him feeling…

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The Oxy Epidemic that Turns Good People Bad

      Before the Fathers Day Massacre Melinda Brady, 29, was convicted of third-degree burglary and obstructing governmental administration with a set bail at $1.5 million bond or $175,000 cash. Her Husband David Laffer,33, was convicted for first-degree murder for the victims of the Medford Long Island New York pharmacy massacre. Read our Coverage of the Father's Day Massacre Read our Coverage of the Arrest of the Father's Day Murderer This event has shattered many families and have left police speechless being “the most cold-blooded robbery-homicide in Suffolk County history,”  As Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Collins said. Police Commissioner Richard Dormer was at a loss of words for Laffer and Brady, because they were a couple with out any previous criminal records or history of violence. Dormer said, “It is very difficult to comprehend this…to suddenly engage in this type of violent behavior is beyond understanding. It doesn’t make sense. I don’t have the answer.” OxyContin Epidemic in America Brady and Laffer fell into the epidemic…

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Fathers Day Pharmacy Shooter Caught and Pleads Not Guilty

The suburban neighborhood in Medford Long Island New York will never forget this years’ Father’s Day. That’s because four innocent lives got brutally executed in a local pharmacy by a man robbing the store for Oxycodone.  The assailant took only the drugs and left all the money. Read our "Father's Day Massacre" story. Suffolk County police examined the video footage from the pharmacy’s security cameras. Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said, “[This is] one of the most heinous, brutal crimes we have ever encountered.” The video showed David Laffer,33, walk into the pharmacy calmly and started small talk with the pharmacist Raymond Ferguson at the counter. Then without warning Laffer pulled out a .45-caliber pistol and shoot him in the abdomen. Then Laffer cornered 17-year-old pharmacy clerk Jennifer Mejia into an aisle and shot her twice. Then he returned to Ferguson and shot two more bullets into his head. Then he filled his backpack with about 10,000 Oxycodone and other norco painkiller medications. He tried to cover his tracks as…

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Fathers Day Pharmacy Massacre – Painkiller Robbery Gone Horribly Awry

If you were to go and try to pick up prescription drugs form Haven Drugs in Medford Long Island New York, you would notice candles burning, colorful flowers, and a sign that reads “Haven Drugs will be closed until further notice!” This is because on Sunday, Fathers Day,  a man walked into the small local drug store at around 10:20 a.m. and caused “one of the most heinous, brutal crimes we have ever encountered” said Soffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer. The man was about 5-foot-8 with a thin build, between his late 20’s and early 30’s. He walked into the pharmacy with a white baseball cap, black backpack, dark bearded face, and robbed the store with a hand gun. The man could have fled the scene of the crime after he had the painkillers. Instead he shoot everyone in the store at a very close range, the man killed everyone in the form of execution. Police said that the only motive the gunman had was painkillers -  he…

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OxyContin Addicts Lay Siege to Pharmacies

When Seattle pharmacist Mike Donohue started his career two decades ago, he never dreamed that he would someday be packing a gun each day at work.  Nor did he imagine that pharmacies would require security cameras and bullet-proof glass to stop stray bullets from injuring passers by.  Unfortunately, a string of 6 recent robberies has forced Donohue to adopt a siege mentality.  Each of the armed robbers was seeking one thing – OxyContin. Pharmacy robberies that target OxyContin are on the rise across the country and Washington State has been particularly hard hit.  Most of the thieves are addicted to the drug and some are drug dealers who can get up to $5,000 on the street for a single bottle of OxyContin.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, maintains an online database of pharmacy crimes that are related to the drug.  The RXPatrol website shows more than 2,000 robberies reported in the past 7 years.   This actual number is probably much higher since it represents only the robberies reported.…

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