Feds Stop Opioid Drug Dealing Scheme At Little Rock VA, 3 Guilty

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Three former Little Rock VA employees pled guilty to a drug dealing scheme involving opioids and other drugs intended for veterans.

The US Attorney indicated the former employees diverted the drugs for the purpose of street distribution. The scheme included three former employees and others. Sentencing is set for a later date.

Nikita Neal was a trainee at the facility who conspired to sell the narcotics on the street. She received the drugs from two ex-pharmacy technicians, Alisha Pagan and Steve Patel. The three worked at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, otherwise known as Little Rock VA.

Little Rock VA is part of the troubled Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System. The system is short over 140 nurses and unable to provide services to its patients at full capacity. VA employee shortages are what contributed to illegal schemes in the system exposed last year where employees manipulated wait time data to evade accountability.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Nikita Neal, 43, of Little Rock, a former student trainee at the hospital, faced eight counts of diverting controlled substances from the VA for street distribution, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. 

Ex-pharmacy technicians Alisha Pagan, 34, of Mablevale and Satishkumar “Steve” Patel, 45, of North Little Rock pleaded guilty to the same charge in August and September, respectively, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Patel ordered oxycodone, hydrocodone, Viagra, Cialis and promethazine syrup with codeine and later transferred the drugs to Pagan, who delivered them to Neal and others, the release states. Neal then reportedly passed on the drugs to a “street-level distributor.”

Numerous VA employees have been implicated in drug diversion schemes involving opioids over the past few years.

These schemes are not limited to Tomah VA, known as Candy Land, where VA employees were reportedly working while under the influence of narcotics and alcohol before Congress started investigating the facility.

Given the increasing frequency in prosecutions lately, I can only assume more such schemes will be exposed.

Source: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/oct/26/third-former-va-hospital-employee-pleads-guilty-op/

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Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Inspection of Oklahoma VA Health System finds deficiencies”
by The Associated Press, Thursday, November 2nd 2017

“Among other things, the report says the lack of a stable, permanent system director contributed to a weak organizational environment at the facility that serves veterans in 48 counties in Oklahoma and two in north-central Texas and includes the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. It also noted unauthorized use of the system’s computerized patient record system.”

“http://okcfox.com/news/local/inspection-of-oklahoma-va-health-system-finds-deficiencies”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Secretary of Veterans Affairs considers 14 conditions linked to Agent Orange exposure”, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

“https://manchesterinklink.com/secretary-of-veterans-affairs-considers-14-conditions-linked-to-agent-orange-exposure/”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David J. Shulkin on Wednesday announced that he is considering possible new presumptive conditions that may qualify for disability compensation for veterans related to Agent Orange exposure.

“After thoroughly reviewing the National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s latest report regarding Veterans and Agent Orange, and associated data and recommendations from the NAM Task Force, I have made a decision to further explore new presumptive conditions for service connection that may ultimately qualify for disability compensation,” Secretary Shulkin said.

91Veteran
91Veteran

So Shulkin is saying…more research is needed, 42 years after the last vet left Vietnam.

I bet they ran the numbers through the WOBR and found out too many were still alive that would gain service connection.

Isn’t it interesting to see the insurance company that has 42 years minimum of medical evidence, can also decide whether they are liable for coverage? And if their liability looks to be too large based on the records they have, they can deny that liability?

Dennis
Dennis

Let me tell you some good news. For the first time EVER the federal government, Mr. Jeff Sessions, is being compelled to testify before the judiciary who question the legality of putting marijuanna on the list of drugs (CSA) that “have no medical value” to humans.

It took a veteran to do this! Let me post a copy and paste from the article. This is a pretty big deal for this subject because it has NEVER happend that the courts are now putting the Executive on trial in this matter. Here is how it went;

“Jose’s treatment providers at the Veterans Administration informed Jose that they are unable to prescribe medical cannabis because it is illegal under the CSA,” reads the suit, referring to Belen, the military veteran.

“We are seeking a ‘declaration’ to that effect, and also a permanent injunction restraining enforcement of the CSA as written, as it pertains to cannabis,..”

I use highly purified cannabis oil which has replaced all meds for pain, anxiett, and PTSD. It works and this guy thinks so too. My hat is off to him.

Dennis
Dennis

Prediction;

If it ever comes to pass that we Constitutionally forbid the federal government from procurring or dispensing opiate prescription drugs then we will see VA lose all political support. We are sensing and seeing a bit of that now that FDA has clamped down on opiate prescription. I bet veteran support of VA took a fifty point hit when they were forced to cease prescribing opiates on such a widespread basis. So political support has already eroded and not just legitimate support either.

The scumballs in this article are not the only vermin out there but you can bet as the supplies dry up the other vermin involved will simply go away. The gators don’t hang out at a dried up watering hole. Support and understanding from the criminal element involved in our politics also drops away because that kind of support is results oriented.

Why not pass a law forbidding our government from trafficking in the white death? There are gobs of ways for patients needing these things to get them in the private sector and I have to wonder if it was ever a good idea to let ANY government employee be involved in distributing opiate at all. If the word “opiate” is not synonymous with “corruption” then I do not know what is.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“DNC Unveils Clinton Institute for Campaign Ethics Reform In Response to Corruption Allegations.”, Staff, The Onion, Nov. 1st, 2017

“WASHINGTON—Saying that the new organization would be aimed at upholding the political party’s standard of conduct and ideals, the Democratic National Committee unveiled Thursday the Clinton Institute For Campaign Ethics Reform in response to recent allegations of election rigging during the 2016 primary. “The DNC is taking these claims of misconduct very seriously, which is why we have founded, with the help of a generous $40 million donation from an anonymous benefactor, this new institute whose main focus will be to look into corruption claims like these,” said chairman Tom Perez, adding that a committee has been formed to review the party’s practices and will be led by former DNC chair and current democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who eagerly volunteered her services and intimate knowledge of the 2016 election.”

More at: “https://politics.theonion.com/dnc-unveils-clinton-institute-for-campaign-ethics-refor-1820092241”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

More from the article:

““The institute’s initial funding will go toward hiring numerous consultants, lawyers, and policy experts whose experience and advice will be essential in retooling the DNC to align with our value system as democrats and Americans.” At press time, the DNC announced plans to maintain the Clinton Institute’s independence by raising capital with several $30,000-per-plate fundraising dinners.”

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

$30,000-per-plate Must be serving SKYLINE CHILI

namnibor
namnibor

I’ll have a tall glass of ^Jeffery Dahmer’s communion wine^ with that $30,000 per plate fundraiser, or as Obama calls then: ‘Funrazors’.

namnibor
namnibor

That’s a bit like sadistic cannibal serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, had he lived in prison, being granted chief prison priest duties with an obsession for communion with blood of still-missing prior staff Jeffery replaced. DNC or any political party and ethics? HA! Pour me another…

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

Absolute Proof That Our Elections Are Bought
“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5PstmxVr-g”

james gallegos
james gallegos

RICO is the poster child of the VA as a whole. Good employees are paying the price along with thousands of veterans. How about some jail time for employees who retaliate against fellow employees and veterans they falsely accuse of disruptive behavior.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

After this super data gets up and running, and the bugs are all worked out or fixed, be prepared for some celebrations to be put on because of the VA for failures, that’re manipulated and twisted into “THEIR” form of successes. Get ready for more; when the Vets scream, I scream, and run for more ice cream. What flavor do you want? Tahitian Vanilla, Dark German Chocolate, Malted Mehecono, Saipan Strawberry, or Caucasian Le Crèmento?

Shooting at Baptist Church in Texas. Multiple casualties, check your news. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

For those that are unaware. I was referring to the VA’s Ice Cream Day. All of my statements aren’t to be taken literally. You must do you own research, to make up your own decision, in determining what news is Fake News, and what news is not. In the past, the major News Networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, prided themselves of providing accurate news, and being the first one to report the news incidents. Nowadays, it’s backwards, being first to report news is key. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Shooting at Baptist Church in Texas. Multiple casualties. Check your news. – – – Nutter.