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Pharmacist gets probation, loses license

Pharmacist gets probation, loses license

May 20th, 2018 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

A pharmacist who sold a variety of prescription drugs to an undercover operative in April 2017 was sentenced to 10 years' felony probation Friday and ordered to surrender his pharmacy license.

David Edward Tetreau

David Edward Tetreau

David Edward Tetreau, 33, sold a variety of prescription drugs commonly abused on the street and marijuana April 24, 2017, to someone working undercover with the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department Special Investigation Unit, according to probable cause affidavits used to create the following account.

Tetreau appeared Friday before 5th District Judge Bill Miller with Texarkana lawyer Michael Friedman. Tetreau pleaded guilty to five felonies as part of a plea bargain. In addition to surrendering his pharmacy license, Tetreau was warned by Miller not to accept any employment that puts him around "intoxicating substances."

"That means no liquor store or bar tending," Miller said.

Tetreau is ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on each of the five cases, will be supervised as a drug offender and must complete 240 hours of community service. His driver's license will be suspended for six months, and he must submit to random drug testing.

Tetreau conducted two large transactions in the same day after telling the undercover operative that he had quantities of Xanax, Concerta, oxycodone and Valium that he would sell in bulk for $1,000. During the first encounter, Tetreau accepted $500 for 22 oxycodone pills, 29 Concerta pills, 31 blue Valium pills, six lorazepam pills, 209 green Xanax, two yellow Xanax and four white Xanax.

Oxycodone is an opioid-based painkiller. Concerta is a brand name for the drug methylphenidate, which is used to treat attention deficit disorder. Valium, Xanax and lorazepam, a drug sold often under the brand name Ativan, are benzodiazepens used as tranquilizers and to treat anxiety.

After making the first buy, the operative arranged a second meeting. During the second encounter, Tetreau accepted $600 for the following: 18 oxycodone pills, 30 Concerta pills, 31 blue Valium pills, 5 lorazepam pills, 197 green Xanax, two yellow Xanax, 16 white Xanax, 72 ounces of liquid codeine and 0.3 ounces of marijuana.

An internet search shows Tetreau was named as pharmacist of the week in July 2016 on Pharmacy News Today's website, which lists his employer then as Walgreens Pharmacy on Richmond Road in Texarkana, Texas. Gazette news reports indicate Tetreau worked as a pharmacist at Walmart Neighborhood Market in Redwater, Texas, when it opened in January 2015.

According to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy website, Tetreau has been a licensed pharmacist since April 29, 2010.

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