According to neighborhoodscout.com the city of Riviera, Florida has a population of 32,488 and they have a crime index of 2 – 100 being the safest. If you lived in Florida you would have a 1 in 184 chance of becoming a victim and if you lived in Riviera Beach, Florida you would have a 1 in 55 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Out of every one thousand residents 76 of them will be the victim of some sort of crime. And not surprisingly, nearby Miami drug rehabs are kept quite busy as well.
Wlfx.com ran a story late in 2011 that told about almost two dozen people being accused of running a prescription drug operation out of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Riviera Beach. An operation called “Operation Tango Vax” was what they called this seven month undercover investigation. This investigation included four agencies, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigations Division. 21 people got warrants for arrest and that included hospital patients and employees. Some of the VA workers included a pharmacy technician, a respiratory therapist and several nursing assistants. There was a whole morning spent while investigators searched vehicles and interviewed potential witnesses.
VA patient Robert Bates said, “it really hurts my feelings that you know these people are here to take care of us and there’s people here that are selling drugs you know and everybody knew this for a long time and I guess it’s been going on until they could track down the correct people and I’m glad that they did that.”
VA patient David Pond, said, “That’s the good thing. Finally somebody’s brought it to attention and that’s good, that’s good, yes.”
Agents went undercover several months ago and they posed as hospital workers. They were able to buy prescription drugs, largely Oxycodone, from hospital staffers and veterans as well who were selling their own medication. Agents seized about 6,000 Oxycodone pills, 2 vehicles and $200,000 in cash. Hopefully seizures like this can help keep people out of rehabs in Florida and rehabs in Louisiana and other nearby states.
Captain Eric Coleman with the PBSO Narcotics Division said, “The VA Center is almost like a little city. There are 8 to 10 thousand people a day that come through here, receiving services….it’s a unique facility. There are a lot of people here. A lot of the drugs were coming off the street and being brought into here, so uh, there’s a little bit of everything that was happening here.”
Because of this situation there have been others outside of the hospital that have been targeted for investigation.
Riviera Beach, Florida is number 13 on the 100 most dangerous cities to live in; located in these United States. Drugs are everywhere in this community and they are harming the residents in many ways. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an in patent treatment center or one of the prescription drug rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw. Something can be done about it.