A months long investigation led Wednesday to the arrest of 40-year-old David P. Shock on multiple counts of prescription drug fraud.
Shock, of 180 Atlantic St., in Gloucester, has been charged with seven counts of fraudulently obtaining prescription medicine and seven counts of uttering (writing) a false prescription. Police say he originally provided them with a Wayland address, but that turned out to be a false address.
Det. Sgt. Jamie Berger said Shock at one time held legitimate prescriptions for the drugs, but had since begun to obtain them illegally. Berger said it does not appear that any medical professionals are involved in the alleged fraud.
According to a Wayland Police press release, the joint investigation between Wayland PD and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Boston Tactical Diversion Squad revealed more than 70 counts of false prescriptions. Charges have been filed in Wayland, though Berger said he anticipates charges will also be filed in Framingham, Wellesley and Natick.
Berger said the investigation began in late June when , located at 35 Main St. in Wayland, contacted police. He said prescription drug fraud has risen in recent years and generally involves Schedule 2 drugs, in particular Oxycodone, a pain killer classified by the National Institutes of Health as a narcotic.
"For Wayland at least, this is a lot," Berger said, referring to large number of charges. He added that it is not known at this time whether Shock was obtaining the drugs for personal use or to resell them.
No other information is available at this time.