Gas odor leads to prescription drug bust in NJ

March 6, 2010 1:18:23 PM PST
Police investigating the source of a gas odor at a northern New Jersey home instead found thousands of pills and other prescription medications worth $5 million. Fairview Police Chief John Pinzone says three men and a 17-year-old boy were found inside the home Thursday night. Pinzone says they were using lighter fluid to remove labels from pill bottles and boiling cinnamon in a pot to mask the smell.

A search uncovered about 15,000 bottles of various prescription painkillers, AIDS medications and other pills. The prescriptions were written for multiple people and filled at pharmacies in New York and New Jersey, but authorities aren't sure how the four acquired the drugs or what they intended to do with them.

The four were charged with drug offenses.

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