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CVS robbed

The town of Farragut is not exempt from an increase in drug-related robberies plaguing the United States.

Deputies from Knox County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched at around 10:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, to the CVS/pharmacy at 11946 Kingston Pike near Smith Road in answer to a robbery call.

Deputy Brad Hall reported that CVS complainant Connie Rust stated a pharmacy employee was given a note by a man identified as Jonathan Patty, 27, of a Karns address.

Police reported the note read: “Give me all the 80 and 30 mg. OxyContin, you have 30 seconds or someone will get shot, do not follow me and put the note back inside the bag … .”

Rust said no one saw the suspect’s alleged gun.

In fear for her and her co-workers’ safety, Rust told police she did as the suspect ordered.

The suspect was given an estimated $7,500 retail value of OxyContin: five bottles of 100 pills each of 80 mg and one bottle of 100 pills of 30 mg.

OxyContin sells on the street for about $65-$80 per pill. Approximate street value of the CVS stolen OxyContin is between $32,500 to $42,000, according to estimations used by the Cincinnati [Ohio] Police Department.

After he received the OxyContin, the suspect fled the scene on foot. It is unknown where he was headed or what type of transportation was used.

However, shortly after the incident Patty was arrested.

He has been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and is in jail on an $80,000 bond.

In the incident report, Patty is listed as an unemployed Karns resident.

Calls to Rust and CVS were not immediately returned.

Recently, Patty was arrested for public intoxication in an Oak Ridge courtroom Thursday, Feb. 25.

He was charged Thursday, March 4, and sent to Anderson County Jail.

OxyContin is a powerful opioid pain killer.

Because of OxyContin’s “heroin-like” effect it has a strong potential for abuse.

In 2006, Centers for Disease Control reported “the rise in drug overdose mortality was due to increasing deaths from prescription drugs rather than illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine.”

Between 1999 and 2005, the amount of unintentional drug overdoses more than doubled – 11,155 to 22,448 in the United States.

Second only to motor-vehicle injuries, drug overdoses have become a leading cause of unintentional injury death, according to the CDC.


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