PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Pinellas County doctor is facing trafficking charges for allegedly writing and selling prescriptions for codeine and oxycodone.
According to detectives, Dr. Neelam Uppal, 62, sold more than 550 prescriptions of promethazine codeine syrup and oxycodone beginning Jan. 2022.
During an investigation, undercover detectives said Uppal prescribed the drugs without seeing or speaking to them.
Detectives said they received the prescriptions after paying $650 cash for each promethazine codeine syrup prescription and $450 cash for each oxycodone prescription.
According to an arrest report, Uppal primarily conducted business from her home and while serving a search warrant last week, two people arrived to purchase fraudulent prescriptions.
During the search, detectives said they found multiple prescription pads, nearly $2 million in US currency, gold bars and jewelry valued at $175,000.
Uppal was charged with three counts of trafficking codeine and three counts of trafficking oxycodone. She was taken into custody and transported to the Pinellas County Jail.