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Johnson City pharmacist draws five years probation

Staff Reports • Sep 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

GREENEVILLE –– A Johnson City pharmacist was sentenced to five years on federal supervised probation and fined $2,500 Wednesday, according to a U.S. District Court news release.

According to the release, Judge Ronnie Greer sentenced Thomas Patrick Rowan, 59, after he was charged and pleaded guilty in April to one count of obtaining the schedule II controlled substance, oxycodone, by fraud and one count of providing false or fraudulent information in reports about the controlled substance inventories.

Rowan reportedly owned and operated a pharmacy in Johnson City, as well as Fall Branch, at the time of the offenses.

“Our office takes all cases involving oxycodone and other prescribed controlled substances very seriously. Prescription controlled substance abuse is an epidemic in East Tennessee and we work aggressively to ensure that the controlled substance laws are enforced,” U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said.

The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency Diversion Division worked the investigation.