St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Detectives arrested 23 suspects during "Operation Script Rip" that targeted a group responsible for filling approximately 417 fraudulent prescriptions at local pharmacies in Pinellas County. An additional 18 suspects are still being sought with more than 200 criminal charges.

The investigation began in August 2015, when narcotics detectives received information that 35-year-old Rakiah Darden was providing fraudulent prescriptions for Xanax to associates of hers.

During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that Rakiah worked as a medical office assistant at Medical Home Doctors LLC located in St. Petersburg. During her employment there, Rakiah had complete access to the computer, fax machine, and the telephone in Dr. Jonadab Uzoho's office.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives determined that Rakiah was calling in and faxing fraudulent prescriptions to local pharmacies under the doctor's name without the doctor's knowledge.

Detectives say that Rakiah's brother, 26-year-old Rory Darden and three other criminal associates, 33-year-old Stephen Ford, 30-year-old Olympia Hines, and 23-year-old Fitzgerald Wright; recruited "runners" that went to the local pharmacies to pick up the Xanax prescriptions. Each prescription contained approximately 90, 2mg tablets.

After receiving the Xanax through fraudulent means, the "runners" returned the Xanax to Rakiah and her associates for cash or drugs. Rakiah and her associates then sold the Xanax illegally on the street.

Detectives estimate that Rakiah and her associates obtained approximately
37,410 total pills of Xanax, with an estimated street value of $5 a pill, totaling approximately $187,050 dollars.

The suspects arrested during "Operation Script Rip" are listed below with their charges. They were all transported to the Pinellas County Jail.

Additional arrests are forthcoming.

The video of the press conference can be seen HERE.

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The investigation continues.

Rakiah F. Darden
Age: 35
From: Largo
Charges: 19 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Conspiracy to Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud, 1 count of Unlawful Use of Two-Way Communication Device

Rory W. Darden
Age: 26
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 10 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud, 1
count- Conspiracy to Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Possession of Marijuana


Anthony R. Clark
Age: 23
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Uttering Forged Instrument


Shayla S. Coleman
Age: 27
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud

Shaniqua K. Milner
Age: 29
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 8 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud

Avery B. McFadden
Age: 23
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Uttering Forged
Instrument

Olympia A. Hines
Age: 30
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 9 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Conspiracy to Obtain
Alprazolam by fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud

Bianca S. Stanard
Age: 25
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 4 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Uttering Forged
Instrument, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud


Damarius S. Thompson
Age: 23
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 3 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud

Matthew Buchner
Age: 24
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 5 counts-Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count- Uttering a
Forged Instrument, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud.

LaQuita J. Glenn
Age: 25
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud


Austin J. Harrison
Age: 25
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud

Acacia R. Hazley
Age: 24
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 5 counts- Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count- Uttering
Forged Instrument, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud

William J. Lane
Age: 53
From: Pinellas Park
Charges: 1 count- Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud

Crystal N. Lightner
Age: 34
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 4 counts- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud, 1 count- Scheme to Defraud, 1
count- Vilation of Probation (Possession of Marijuana)

Rebecca L. Meyer
Age: 23
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 2 counts- Obtaining a Controlled Substance

Jasmine N. Mims
Age: 22
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud

Holly M. Palm
Age: 24
From: Largo
Charges: 2 counts- Obtain a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count- Possession
of Alprazolam, 1 count- Possession of Marijuana, 1 count- Disorderly
Intoxication

Jordan Phillips
Age: 25
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtaining a Controlled Substance, 1 count- Uttering a Check
with Forged Endorsement

Novia M. Rojas
Age: 26
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count- Uttering a
Forged Instrument

Donald J. Vinson-
Age: 22
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 2 counts- Obtaining a Controlled Substance, 1 count- Uttering a
Forged Instrument

Alexander T. Vo
Age: 23
From: Pinellas Park
Charges: 2 counts- Obtain Controlled Substance by Fraud

Arika R. Walker
Age: 33
From: St. Petersburg
Charges: 1 count- Obtain Alprazolam by Fraud