Suffolk County police have arrested a woman accused of robbing a pharmacy in Huntington Station. Tina Alfani entered the Stat Script Pharmacy on New York Ave. yesterday when she passed a note to the pharmacy counter. The situation eventually broke down and Alfani demanded the prescription drugs. The clerks gave into her demands and handed them over to her. No one was injured and she was able to flee on foot.
She didn’t get very far before being caught. Second Precinct patrol officers found Alfani close to the scene of the robbery. Upon finding her police placed her under arrest.
Alfani, 55, has been charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, and Tampering with Physical Evidence. During her arraignment in Central Islip’s First District Court, she pleaded not-guilty. Her bail was set at $21,000
The investigation into the alleged robbery is still underway. Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Second Squad at (631) 854-8252, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 220-TIPS.
This type of arrest is nothing new. New York State has been cracking down on the rising prescription drug problem in recent years. In June 2012, the DEA and local police in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, arrested 98 people in a large scale attack on prescription drug rings. Three Long Island medical professionals that included two doctors, and a nurse practitioner, were charged with dispensing more than three million pills in over two years.
A more recent arrest came in August when a former Patients’ Choice of the Year was arrested for illegally selling pain medication. Dr. Hitesh Narain, 46, allegedly wrote more than 180 prescriptions of oxycodone pills. Upon being arrested, Narain’s defense attorney said in his 20 years of practicing, he never had a complaint against him and that there is no base for these claims.
[Source: Suffolk County Police]