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Correction: San Diego pharmacy crackdown called a hoax

[For the Record, 10:50 a.m. July 31: An earlier version of this post was based on erroneous information from two phony news releases, which were apparently part of a hoax, according to U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy.

"This office did not issue those press releases. We are looking into the source of the emails," Duffy said in a statement.

Additional information can be found at L.A. Now.]

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Here are the original post and headline:

20 San Diego pharmacies targeted by feds in drug sales crackdown

Twenty pharmacies in San Diego suspected of unusually high rates of drug sales are being targeted for a variety of enforcement actions, U.S. attorney Laura Duffy announced Tuesday.

The pharmacies, including some owned by major chains, are in the La Jolla, Carmel Valley and Pacific Beach areas of San Diego, Duffy said.

The enforcement actions will include civil forfeiture lawsuits, warning letters to pharmacy owners and criminal charges. Some will be given 45 days to shut down or face harsher penalties, Duffy said. The specific pharmacies are expected to be announced later Tuesday.

The pharmacies "are part of a pervasive for-profit industry that facilitates the distribution of drugs for illegitimate use," Duffy said in a prepared statement.

Other pharmacies may be included later, officials said.

Duffy said she hopes the action by her office becomes a model for other U.S. attorney offices.

"Prosecutorial discretion means I decide how and when to enforce laws," she said.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

 
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