Jefferson County officials raided the Chevron gas station in Clay Wednesday morning following a three-month long undercover investigation.
Citizens had complained to law enforcement that employees were selling prescription drugs over the counter inside the store, located in the 6400 block of Old Springville Road.
Investigators found at least five types of prescription drugs at the store today, including Oxycontin, Aderal, Xanax, Vyvanse, used to treat ADHD, and Suboxone, which is similar to methadone. Hale says these drugs are the stepping stones to the increased use of heroin in the county.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale says the same business was raided a year ago, and the suspect's brother was arrested on marijuana charges.
Sheriff Hale says the method for selling illegal substances at the store was the same as the last time, but in this case involved "pills and controlled substances." The customers who wanted to buy prescription pills would choose a specific type of soda, set it on the counter and make the transaction to purchase the pills.
Sheriff Hale says the clerk, who is the store owner's daughter, has been arrested. She is identified as Theresa Hien Huynh, 33. Huynh has been charged with three counts of distribution of a controlled substance and one count of possession. She is being held on a $95,000 bond.
Janice Brown owns a bakery directly across the street.
"I'm glad they were finally caugh and I pray that that's the end of it and it never happens again," she said.
The business is closed until further notice. Clay's mayor says the city may pull the Chevron's business license depending on the results from the investigation. Hale said today that he encourages any citizen to call authorities if they suspect that drugs are being sold in their community.
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