A North Naples man was one of 50 individuals arrested last week during a six-county prescription drug bust, the Collier County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.
Fernando Arturo Delarosa, 25, of the 5600 block of Marigold Way, was arrested by Collier deputies Jan. 18 after investigators said he falsified prescriptions at a Marco Island pharmacy for nearly $30,000 in oxycodone and Xanax.
He used the identity of an area physician, who told investigators he was unaware of the alleged fraud under his name, according to a statement by the Sheriff's Office.
Delarosa faces 11 charges of fraud-obtaining a controlled substance, and 11 counts of fraud-possession or use of another person's ID. All are felony charges.
Delarosa's arrest was part of Operation Southwest Shopper, conducted by 16 Southwest Florida law enforcement agencies. The sweep targeted individuals attempting to make illegal prescription drug purchases.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Sheriff's Offices from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, DeSoto, Sarasota and Manatee counties participated with police departments, and the Florida Department of Health, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco.
In 2011, drug enforcement operations by regional task forces such as the one responsible for Operation Southwest Shopper resulted in 1,794 arrests statewide and the seizure of 433,466 pharmaceutical pills, 49 vehicles, 379 weapons, and $4,537,310.
Additionally, 27 clinics have been closed.