MERAUX, La. – The owner of a St. Bernard Parish trailer park was arrested after investigators found 800 prescription pills and food stamps he took as payment.
Adam Ciuffi Sr., owner of Myrtle Grove Trailer Park, was charged with 29 counts of possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs, including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Tramodol.
According to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s department, investigators discovered nearly 30 bottles of drugs prescribed to others in a pillow case. The combined value of the drugs is estimated to be around $5,000.
Authorities said Ciuffi claimed he was holding the drugs for acquaintances. However, investigators believe he was “acting as a loan shark, making loads to people and asking for prescription drugs and food stamp cards as payment if the borrowers couldn’t fully re-pay.”
Ciuffi was released from the St. Bernard Parish Prison on a $150,000 bond.