Aiken Pharmacist Arrested on Drug Charges

An Aiken pharmacist with a drug store was arrested on Thursday on two drug-related charges.

According to jail records, Leonard Browder, 63, was charged with the possession of Schedule V drugs with the sole purpose to distribute first offense and the falsification of controlled substance records.

Between May 1, 2016, and Oct. 12, 2017, Browder unlawfully distributed guaifenesin-codeine phosphate, a cough, and congestion medicine without medical reason while working as a pharmacist at Aiken Drug Co., 101 Laurens St. S.W., according to arrest warrants.

The arrest warrants also stated that amid that same time period, Browder was falsifying or removing information from records related to the distribution of controlled substances to patients.

“The defendant did not fulfill his legal and professional responsibilities as a registered pharmacist as set forth by the state,” the warrants read.

According to court documents, Browder was released on Friday after he posted bond. His bond was $15,000.

The S.C. Bureau of Drug Control is listed as the prosecuting agency. The bureau, which enforces the state’s drug laws, falls under the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s purview.

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