Michael Lomangino, a Volusia County pharmacist, is accused of stealing potent prescription pills from Steve’s Pharmacy in Daytona Beach, a drug store where he worksas a licensed pharmacist, in order to sell them on the street, according to a news release from theVolusia County Sheriff's Office.
Details of the release:
Investigators arrested Lomangino, 41, and a female accomplice, Allina Kirkland-Michaud, 28, of New Smyrna Beach, during a routine traffic stop — and seized more than 5,700 pills, a loaded gun and nearly $5,000 in cash.
The initial seizure came from a pickup truck that a Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over near DeLand. The rest of the haul, described by narcotics agents as a veritable home pharmacy, was seized from Lomangino’s house in Edgewater.
Investigators are still trying to determine how Lomangino was able to obtain all of the narcotics — everything from oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone to morphine, codeine, xanax and valium. He reportedly admitted to stealing some of the drugs from the drug store where he works.
The drug trafficking was discovered during routine traffic stop when a deputy saw a pick-up truck near DeLand run through two stop signs without coming to a full stop in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The deputy became suspicious when he noticed one of the passengers turn towards the back as if she was putting something under the seat.
All three passengers, Lomangino, Kirkland-Michaud and a third person, who deputies concluded that he didn’t have anything to do with the drugs, were detained after a dog from the DeLand Police K-9 team alerted to the scent of drugs.
Found inside the truck driven by Lomangino: 253 prescription pills along with a receipt from Steve’s Pharmacy, a trace amount of marijuana, a spoon with drug residue on it and a shoelace commonly used to wrap around the arm before injecting drugs, according to the release.
Kirkland-Michaud allegedly told deputies that Lomangino was a major drug kingpin in the New Smyrna Beach area and that she knew he was using his job at the pharmacy to feed her drug habit.
When drug agents with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation (VBI)later executed a search warrant at Lomangino’s home they seized another 4,318 prescription pills classified as controlled substances and a loaded handgun. Agents also seized another 1,215 prescription pills that are not classified as controlled substances.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.
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