2 arrested on prescription related charges in Sarasota

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested two persons on prescription related charges.

Holly Costa, 48, of Venice, obtained 12,800 oxycodone pills and similar controlled substances between August 2010 and July 2011, the sheriff's office reported.

The investigation began when a pharmacy reported to the Venice Police Department that Costa tried to fill two prescriptions for Oxycodone from two different doctors on two consecutive days.

Venice Police Department contacted a detective with the Sheriff’s Office, who determined that Costa visited at least 15 different practitioners in Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers during that 12-month period.

Costa was arrested Friday and booked into the Sarasota County Jail on 15 counts of withholding information from a practitioner in order to obtain a controlled substance. She posted $22,500 bond and was released.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office also arrested Alejandro Leyva Reyes, 21, of Sarasota, and charged him with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, and one count of fraudulently obtaining a medicinal drug.

Investigators with the Pharmaceutical Diversion Unit were investigating claims that fraudulent prescriptions were being passed under the name Dr. Jorge A. Laloma-Sanchez, but with the name and address for a fictitious clinic. They found Reyes submitted two of these fraudulent prescriptions to a Venice pharmacy, obtaining 180 Roxicodone pills and 30 pills of Ibuprofen last September.

Reyes, who has an extensive criminal history including home invasion robbery with a firearm, was out on bond for cocaine, marijuana and traffic-related arrests at the time of the crime.

When he was arrested Saturday he also had an active warrant for failure to appear in court for driving with a suspended license.