Authorities believe looting at pharmacies put a lot of drugs on Baltimore’s streets, and the number of stolen pills is still going up.
At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said a total of 27 pharmacies and two methadone clinics were looted. DEA agent Gary Tuggle said the looting putting more than 175,000 “dosage units” on the street, “and we’re still counting.”
That’s up from last week’s projection of 17 pharmacies. Batts maintained a line previously uttered by DEA agent Gary Tuggle, that the amount of drugs available are “enough to keep the city high for a year.”
“Individuals are getting high to a greater degree and to a greater pace than anytime before,” Batts said.
Tuggle said he believed the drugs had a role in the record number of murders seen in the city during the month of May.
“They’re selling to limited number of people, so they’re vying for that customer base,” Tuggle said.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Rite Aid also Wednesday that personal information was also stolen amid the looting.
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