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Palm Beach & Broward pain clinics raided

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Federal and local drug agents are conducting a series of pain clinic raids in Palm Beach and Broward Counties Wednesday morning in a major enforcement action according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

In Palm Beach County, the raids are focusing on five doctors operating in four separate pain clinics across the county.

The effort is the culmination of a lengthy investigation expected to yield federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges the sources said.

Among the agencies participating are the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office.

A lack of state regulation allowed South Florida, and especially Palm Beach and Broward counties, to become a hotbed of illicit drug dealing, fueling soaring overdose rates and supplying drug traffickers in Appalachia and the northeast.

Wednesday's raids are targeting part of that pipeline.

More information will be announced at a news conference at the DEA's South Florida headquarters in Weston Wednesday afternoon.

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