PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives assigned to the Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit arrested twin brothers and a woman about 1 a.m. March 20 for conspiracy to traffic in Oxycodone.
According to a report from the sheriff's office, detectives made the arrest after it was determined the suspects allegedly were part of a ring and were manufacturing fraudulent prescriptions and forging doctor's signatures to obtain the prescription medications.
Detectives began their initial investigation into this case in 2008.
According to investigators on Wednesday, March 17, detectives got a break in the case when Treasure Island Police Department investigated a home invasion and aggravated battery incident at the Swashbuckler Motel, 11875 Gulf Boulevard in Treasure Island, in which the suspects themselves were the victims of the incident.
From this case, detectives obtained leads and information as to the whereabouts of the twin brothers. Detectives followed these leads, secured a search warrant and executed it on March 20 at the Howard Johnson's Motel, room 227, at 9359 U.S. 19 N. in Pinellas Park.
Detectives arrested Aldo Jogan, 36, and his girlfriend Nicole Bagley, 25. Alberto Jogan, 36, was subsequently located and arrested at the Swashbuckler Motel in Treasure Island. All three are transients, according to the sheriff's report. Aldo's arrest record shows his address as that of the Howard Johnson Motel where the arrest was made. Alberto's address was listed as New Port Richey. Bagley's address was in Holiday.
The three were arrested for conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone. Detectives said that the suspects were part of a ring, and these suspects allegedly manufactured fraudulent prescriptions, forged doctor's signatures and subsequently sent "runners" to obtain the pills.
The "runners" were paid with a few pills, the suspects however kept the bulk of the prescription medications and immediately turned them around sold them through contacts and on the street for profit, the report said. During the course of the arrests, detectives confiscated a laptop, a printer and prescription sheets.
Additional charges may be forthcoming.
The Sheriff's Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit is an initiative that was created to target the increase in organized trafficking and sale of prescription drugs, doctor shopping and prescription fraud; as well as to increase public awareness of this problem. The Narcotics Strategic Diversion Unit was formed because of the increase of pharmaceutical overdose deaths and illegal diversion cases.
Aldo remains in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in oxycodone, attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, driving on a suspended driver's license, conspiracy and possession of oxycodone. Collective bond amounts total more than $32,000.
Alberto was charged with conspiracy, possession of cocaine and possession of diazepam. His bond was set at $12,000. He was released from the Pinellas County jail on March 20.
Bagley was charged with conspiracy. Her bond was set at $5,000. She was released from jail on March 20.