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Vestavia Hills man arrested after FBI raid had suspended pharmacist license

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VESTAVIA HILLS, AL - The Vestavia Hills man charged with multiple drug violations after the FBI raided his home has had history of problems with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy.

Wednesday, Vestavia Police announced that Joseph Gandy, 63, is facing one count of trafficking oxycodone and oxycontine, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a short-barreled firearm. He's being held in lieu of $1,545,000 bond.
 
Alabama's 13 has also learned that Gandy once owned the Wylam Pharmacy in Birmingham and he has been in constant trouble with the Alabama Board of Pharmacy since 1989.

According to federal court records, Gandy pleaded guilty to forging prescriptions for his elderly parents and was place on five years probation. 

He was also ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution to BlueCross BlueShield in Pennsylvania and Alabama.

Based on records released by the Alabama Board of Pharmacy, he was sent a Letter of Reprimand in 1989.   Click the link to the right to read all of the Board of Pharmacy documents for yourself.

Then in 1997, Gandy's pharmacist license was suspended for keeping improper records of narcotics, including Xanax, Alprazolam, Valium and Diazepam.

Two years later, the Board suspended his license again for keeping improper records and employing unlicensed persons to practice pharmacy among other administrative violations.

Then last year, Gandy's suspension was continued because the Board claimed he had not paid fine of $5,000 owed for previous violations.

According to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy's web site, Gandy's pharmacy license is currently suspended.

Authorities say between 95 and 100 firearms were also seized from his home on Gay Way on Wednesday.

Neighbors say the agents showed up around seven in the morning and were there until after 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
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