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By Al Pefley  email

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - More than a dozen people have been rounded up by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. They're all accused of doctor shopping.

About 50 deputies, members of the sheriff's SWAT team, and DEA agents started out a little after 7 a.m. Wednesday, going to people's homes, trying to catch them while they were still in bed.

They nicknamed the bust "Operation Shop Till You Drop".

They had arrest warrants for 16 people.

In the past year, they say, those 16 sold a staggering 73,000 pills on the streets of Palm Beach County. And those pills had a street value of $1.2 million.

"I don't want to say the word epidemic now. But it's a very large problem where we're focusing, and it's growing. And I don't see an end in sight right now," said Capt. Karl Durr, head of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division.

Capt. Durr says the people are not part of a ring, they are not associated in any way. They are charged with trafficking in prescription drugs, a felony that carries up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Late Wednesday afternoon, a sheriff's spokeswoman said 15 of the 16 people being sought are in custody. More of these busts are anticipated.

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