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Authorities mum on Red Bud pharmacy investigation; owner says it's nothing

Authorities have yet to release more information regarding an investigation into Gibson's Discount Drugs more than a week after residents saw a heavy law enforcement presence at the store, but the store's owner said it's nothing more than an insurance audit.
Authorities have yet to release more information regarding an investigation into Gibson's Discount Drugs more than a week after residents saw a heavy law enforcement presence at the store, but the store's owner said it's nothing more than an insurance audit. snagy@bnd.com

Authorities have yet to release more information regarding an investigation into a Red Bud drug store more than a week after residents saw a heavy law enforcement presence at the store, but the store's owner said it's nothing more than an insurance audit.

A search warrant was served at Gibson's Discount Drugs, said Red Bud Police Chief John Brittingham, according to an email newsletter sent Feb. 9 by the North County News. Brittingham said the Illinois State Police had served a warrant and a federal agency was investigating.

Owner Steven Gibson, who is a pharmacist, said on Monday that it was something akin to an insurance audit.

"It was through Medicare Part D. Since it's government funded, they have people from the government come in and go through paper scripts and check everything," he said.

Investigators did not seem to be checking particular types of drugs Gibson added.

Authorities have deferred questions to the United State's Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois. A spokesman for that agency, Nathan Wyatt, said in keeping with protocol he could neither confirm nor deny any investigation regarding the drug store Monday morning.

Gibson's Discount Drugs at 1506 S. Main St. has been owned by Steven and Rachel Gibson since October 2016. Prior to that, it was known as Deterding Drugs. Gibson says he has increased the prescription part of the business by about 150 percent in 20 months through careful buying and "being real aggressive with new customers."

"There's been a lot of rumors flying around," he said of the business' closing for several hours on Feb. 8.

"We were all taken hostage by gun point," was a rumor Gibson said he had heard. "We haven't come across anything floating around that was actually the truth."

The store's Facebook page says Steven Gibson is a pharmacist who previously worked as a manager at a chain pharmacy.

Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND

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