BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Craig Turturo, one of two Pompano Beach Firefighters accused by federal and state investigators of running “pill mills” is being released from the Indian River County Jail after spending more than a month in custody.
Turturo was arrested on June 27th as part of “Operation Pill Street Blues.” He and fellow Pompano Beach Firefighter Lewis Stouffer, prosecutors allege, ran pain clinics that indiscriminately provided pain medication to customers, regardless of their true medical conditions.
Turturo has been held in the Indian River County Jail since his arrest. Bond was originally set at $1.2-million and a judge added the stipulation that Turturo’s legal team must prove that any bond posted does not come from allegedly ill gotten gains. The judge also ordered that Turturo be tracked by GPS and abide by a curfew.
His bond was reduced to just under $100,000 at the time of his release.
Stouffer’s bond, also set at more than $1,000,000, was reduced to $450,000 several weeks ago. He remains in the Indian River County Jail. Turturo’s bond, according to public records, was just reduced on Tuesday. BocaNewsNow.com is awaiting comment from the State Attorney’s Office — specifically, why Stouffer’s bond was reduced shortly after his arrest but Turturo’s was not.
Stouffer was named the so-called ring leader of the pain clinics, with authorities referring to the “Stouffer Organization.”
Craig Turturo, who owns a home in Boca Falls, faces more than 50 charges, including money laundering, trafficking a controlled substance, and racketeering.
His attorney previously told local media that Turturo, “looks forward to vindicating himself.”
Arraignment is set for August 20th in Indian River County.