INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It has been nearly three years since West Boca Raton resident and former Pompano Beach Firefighter Craig Turturo was arrested with several others and charged with more than 50 counts of conspiracy, money laundering, distribution and related violations all connected to the allegation of involvement with a pill mill.
But after the highly publicized arrests in the “Pill Street Blues” case touted in press statements from prosecutors, the case is seemingly in slow motion. Prosecutors are now saying nothing to the media. No trial date is in sight.
Court records show the case is set for a motion hearing Friday in Indian River County. Turturo himself need not be present, according to records. He was in court earlier this week with attorneys arguing over the cost of depositions.
Legal experts will tell you that depositions are often a long way from trial.
Turturo was arrested in the summer of 2012. The slow motion court action raises questions as to the strength of the State’s case. Several charges against Turturo were recently dropped, according to court records, although he still faces more than 40 by our count.
Arrested at roughly the same time as Turturo in the alleged pill mill takedowns are: Susan Yandle, Fernando Valle, Courtland Twyman, Dr. Sanjay Trivedi, Jeffrey Thompson, Lewis Stouffer, Jeffrey Reiter, Bruce Karlin, Bruce Kammerman, Roger Gordon, Andrew Gatlin, Joseph Buffalino and Michael Bengala.
All are on the Friday docket in Indian River County which you can view by clicking here. Use the search box on our site to read our original coverage.