Prescription Drug Round-up: Attorney Arrested

Prescription Drug Round-Up: Attorney Arrested
By: CJ Cassidy

POPLAR BLUFF, MO --A Southeast Missouri attorney gets hauled off to jail as police crack down on illegal prescription drug sales.  He's 42-year-old Richard Bascom of Poplar Bluff.
Investigators say he sold the prescription drug Oxycodone to an undercover informant.

His wife tells me she's shocked and doesn't believe her husband did anything wrong, and Bascom himself sounded off as police took him off to jail.  "I'm innocent," he says.

Investigators spotted Bascom on the streets of Poplar Bluff and followed him with lights flashing.  When he eventually pulled over, they read him his rights, and handcuffed him.

Investigators drove him to Stoddard County, where he's accused of selling Oxycodone. That's when the personal injury lawyer sounded off.
"They're false," he said when Heartland News asked him about the charges against him.
He also says he didn't sell drugs to anybody.
"This just shows you can't profile or single out a class of people as far as drugs are concerned," Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner says.
He spearheaded the operation, arresting a dozen suspects on charges ranging from selling illegal prescription medicines to doctor shopping.
"We're seeing more and more where the younger kids are ending up with these illegal prescription drugs they're buying off the streets, and they're over dosing. That's who we're trying to protect," Hefner explains.
As for Bascom, his wife says she will now look to his attorney to protect his rights.
Richard Bascom is being held in the Stoddard County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Meanwhile Sheriff Hefner says tracking the sale of prescription drugs is especially hard because people can carry them around legally.
He says children are especially vulnerable and asks parents to talk to their kids if they notice anything unusual.
Poplar Bluff, Dexter, Bernie and SEMO Drug Task Force investigators worked together on the investigation they say began this past summer.