Nashville pharmacy employee, others charged after alleged ‘drug ring’ busted

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An employee of a Walgreens pharmacy in Bordeaux has been charged after investigators said she helped organize the theft of about 1,300 opiate-based pills from customers, selling some of the medication through social media.

A warrant alleges Dor Charika McKinney, a 27-year-old employee of the pharmacy on Clarksville Pike, would observe narcotics prescriptions being filled, then call a man and provide the patient information required to pick-up the pills, which included Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

The man, who has not been identified, would either use the information to pick up the medication himself, or contact an associate to go get the pills, according to investigators.

Police said McKinney would also check social media to see if anyone wanted to purchase the medication.

A total of about 1,300 opiate-based pills were taken from at least eleven patients between Nov. 30 and Jan. 25, court documents revealed. The paperwork states the thefts began shortly after McKinney started working at the Walgreens.

During an interview with detectives, police said McKinney admitted to her involvement and was charged with eleven counts of conspiracy to commit identity theft and felony drug conspiracy. Her bond was set at $375,000.

Dor Charika McKinney, Robert Toran and Cameron Welsch (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Warrants allege two of the people who picked up some of those prescriptions, 21-year-old Robert Toran and 22-year-old Cameron Welsch, were both charged Monday afternoon with identity theft and felony drug possession.

Toran is being held on a $90,000 bond and Welsch is free on $55,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated, Metro police said Tuesday.

In a statement provided to News 2 Tuesday afternoon, a Walgreens spokesperson said, “Walgreens is aware of this incident and is cooperating with law enforcement.”

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