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Indictment says Berea pharmacist distributed drugs ‘outside scope of professional practice’

A Berea pharmacist conspired with others to distribute drugs “outside the scope of professional practice” and “not for legitimate medical purposes,” according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday.

Lonnie W. Hubbard, who operated Rx Discount of Berea, was named in the 38-count indictment returned on Dec. 3, according to court records.

The indictment says Hubbard, 40, was also “aided and abetted by others” in the distribution of pseudoephedrine, which may be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Hubbard also distributed and dispensed, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, oxycodone and a quantity of pills containing suboxone, the indictment says.

The drug distribution began in 2010 and continued into this month, the indictment says. Rx Discount of Berea was organized in 2009, according to online records with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.

The indictment says Hubbard and Meggan Ashley Hubbard, 30, used money from drugs to buy a 1971 Corvette for $22,909, a boat for $31,800, a GMC Sierra Denali for $25,000, and a down payment on property in Pulaski County for $40,000. They also allegedly used money from drugs to write a cashier’s check for $315,000 to buy a five-bedroom, four-bath house overlooking Lake Cumberland.

Others named in the indictment are Joseph A. McKinney, Charles McKinney and Darryl Jones.

The McKinneys, aided and abetted by Jones and Lonnie Hubbard, distributed oxycodone, the indictment says.

An unredacted indictment shows that another co-defendant, Jody Earl Gabbard, was aided and abetted by Lonnie Hubbard in distributing oxycodone in Garrard County.

Portions of the indictment remain redacted, indicating that possibly other defendants will be made public at a later date.

Lonnie Hubbard and Gabbard’s initial appearances and arraignments are scheduled Monday before U.S. Judge Magistrate Robert Wier in Lexington.

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