Jeffrey Clawson, pharmacist, among fifteen indicted in alleged Oxycodone ring

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Jeffrey Clawson looks like exactly what he was -- a pharmacist. But Colorado Attorney General John Suthers believes he was also something more. Fifteen people have been charged in a three-state Oxycodone ring, and according to an indictment below, Clawson was a key player because of his willingness to fill fake Oxycodone prescriptions -- sometimes for kickbacks, other times not.

The indictment portrays Clawson as a friendly chap when it comes to customer service, albeit one not overly concerned with authorities' efforts to monitor controlled substances. Between April 2010 and October 2011, for instance, a customer named Lisa Teitelbaum (the only person indicted whose photo wasn't provided by Suthers's office) is said to have received Oxycodone from Clawson either without a valid prescription or in a manner known as "early fill" -- meaning he handed over the drugs before being authorized by a script to do so.

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Robin Steinke.
Teitelbaum subsequently insisted to investigators that she hadn't needed to forge any prescriptions, because Clawson was so willing to offer her early fills without a script. He allegedly did the same with another patient who is not among those indicted. That man said Clawson not only agreed to early fills on Oxycodone, but would sometimes give him extras for free.

This alleged largesse wasn't the only reason the law zeroed in on Clawson. Confidential informants told the cops he was working with a Sheridan resident named Robin Steinke, accused of being a main source for illicit Oxycodone sales in the area -- and Steinke later claimed she got the stuff from Clawson.

How did the deal work? She told police that in addition to legitimate scripts she received from the same doctor who treated Teitelbaum, she forged other prescriptions that Clawson would fill. He'd also give her extras without a prescription, and wouldn't subtract the number that he provided to her via early fills.

In addition, she said she paid Clawson $1,000 per week to pass prescriptions not only from her, but from a raft of others. She and her minions would then sell the drugs at inflated prices -- approximately $15 per 30 mg dose. Sales are said to have taken place in Kansas and Oklahoma as well as Colorado.

Clawson's response to these assertions? He's quoted as admitting that he knew the drugs were being sold on the street, but he was "not forceful enough to say to say no to these people."

In total, the indictment lists 43 counts, most of them dealing with possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

Look below to see the indictment, followed by photos of others accused of taking part in the Oxycodone spree.

The People of Colorado v. Robin Steinke, et. al.

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Andrew Guerrero.

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Celeste Deherrera.
Continue to see more photos of people indicted in the Clawson-Steinke Oxycodone ring.

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Jimmy Curtis
Jimmy Curtis

And to think, he wouldn't even sell me the 75 packages of Sudafed I needed for my sinus congestion.

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

LOL the article states that he early filled, AND extra filled some scripts even though the "patients" said they never asked for the extra. He stated he was to timid to TELL THEM NO, when they gave him phony sripts. I guess the $1,000 a week he got under the table helped him keep SAYING YES.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

GOOD..in Arizona I helped my friend get his Doctor SHUT down by the Medical Board. After SUFFERING EXTENSIVE DAMAGES CUS his DOCTOR PUSHED PILLS for PERSONAL PROFIT, my friend now PROUDLY HAS HIS Arizona MMJ card! BUT I HAD TO MOVE from the Arizona GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, BIGOTRY AND NEGLIGENCE in 2009 to get mine ALMOST FREEDOM of CHOICE and CONSTITUTIONAL MARIJUANA RIGHTS!

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

We should ban pharmacists. Look at the damage they are doing!

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

all My friends are dying from oxy !! Thats why i smoke cannibis

Tracey Nichols
Tracey Nichols

This goes on far too often, then ppl commit crimes for more, and the Dr. or pharmasist gets a slap on the wrist and moves to another city. What a shame,,,as we guard the poppyfields of Afghanistan, we exploit the value of the poppy. Ironic to say the least! I personally know so many whose lives are forever indentured to oxy, on our dime of course, as they draw disability checks they take oxy and do heavy labor on the side for money. Not to mention those who sell their oxy for up to $35 on the streets, while we the taxpayer fund it! THIS IS WHY WE PUSHED FOR 64! HELLO!!!!

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

This is a surpise !! This happens all the time in new jersey

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Oh my! ... Hillbilly Heroin ...

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Monkey
Monkey

I thought regulations put the black market out of business and lower the price, while freeing up police time. It appears regulations not only keep prices high, they encourage criminal activity and force police to spend more time enforcing the regulations. Funny how that works, I know I feel safer.

DjChubbzzz
DjChubbzzz

@Deborah Watts Blame the Government dumbass.

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