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September 2, 2014

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Law Enforcement:

3 arrested on counts of furnishing drugs without prescription

Three people were arrested Wednesday after undercover officers bought prescription drugs at a Las Vegas vitamin store, Metro Police said.

Joel Montano, 32, Patricia Montano, 24, and Rolando Esparza-Munoz, 45, were booked into the Clark County Detention Center on counts of furnishing dangerous drugs without a prescription.

According to an arrest report, Joel Montano was operating a vitamin store in the 2100 block of North Lamb Boulevard called La Paz. Police said they had received complaints that prescription drugs were being dispensed at the store.

Earlier this month, an undercover detective went to the store and purchased a 28-capsule box of Ampicillin, a prescription antibiotic, from Patricia Montano, the arrest report said. On Monday, the same undercover detective bought another box of Ampicillin from Esparza-Munoz and Joel Montano, the arrest report said.

Police said they served a search warrant at the business and found more prescription medication.

Police also discovered what they described as a “make-shift doctor’s office,” which included needles, blood-pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and other medical-related items used in the treatment of patients, the report said.

According to Clark County Business Licensing, Joel Montano is the listed owner of the La Paz business.

Esparaz-Munoz was also charged with driving without a license and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription. He was being held on $23,000 bail.

Joel and Patricia Montano were being held on $10,000 bail.

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