OPERATION “POWERLINE” SHUTS DOWN POMPANO BEACH PAIN CLINIC
- PIO Number: 12-6-14
- Date: June 12, 2012
- Place of Occurrence: 1341 S. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach
- Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
- State of Florida
- 1. Frank James Turturo II, 35, 4/4/77, male, 10604 N.W. 48 St., Coral Springs
- 2. Bernice Turturo, 38, 1/16/74, female 10604 N.W. 48 St., Coral Springs
Description of Incident:
A year-long investigation led by the Broward Sheriff’s Office Organized Crime Unit culminated with the closing of a Pompano Beach pain clinic and the arrest of its owners Tuesday.
Frank and Bernice Turturo face more than a dozen of state racketeering, prescription drug trafficking and money laundering charges. They were booked at BSO’s Main Jail late Tuesday afternoon.
BSO detectives said the husband and wife team operated their business like an organized crime enterprise. The Turturo’s employed two armed guards and adorned their business walls with framed photographs of Marlon Brando as The Godfather, deceased mobster John Gotti and the Sopranos. They even used a device to detect if their telephones were being tapped.
Clients would come from all over the state to get their prescriptions filled at the Pompano Beach Pain Management clinic located at 1341 S. Powerline Rd. Hence the operation was dubbed “Operation Powerline.” Employees filled the prescriptions through mail order and paid one price while charging their customers double and triple the price.
With assistance from BSO’s SWAT team, Gun Squad and Pompano Beach district personnel, the Organized Crime Unit executed search warrants Tuesday morning at the pain clinic and the Turturo’s Coral Springs home. Members of BSO’s Gun Squad confiscated dozens of guns from the couple’s Coral Springs residence. In addition to the weapons, hundreds of thousand of dollars were seized. Investigators also froze the couple’s accounts at a bank in Deerfield Beach and a bank in Pembroke Pines.
During the course of “Operation Powerline,” investigators said two patients who received prescriptions for controlled substances from the pain clinic died from overdoses.
This investigation continues.
- INVESTIGATORS: Capt. J. Fondo, SID & Lt. F. Ballante, Organized Crime Unit SID Organized Crime Unit, SWAT, Gun Squad, Pompano Beach district, Florida Department of Health
- THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO June 12, 2012 1720