Judge sentences former Brooks pharmacy owner on pill distribution, tax charges

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 5:13pm
Staff reports

A federal judge on Monday ordered Glenn Brooks to pay more than $500,000 and sentenced him to one day in jail for illegally distributing pills out of his pharmacy.

U.S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell also sentenced Brooks, 74, to two years of supervised released, including 18 months of home confinement. Campbell ordered Brooks to forfeit more than $429,000 and pay his back taxes of $87,920 to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Nashville.

Brooks owned and operated Brooks Pharmacy on Trousdale Drive before an investigation by Metro police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service culminated in winter 2007 with the arrests of Brooks, former Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley, a retired state pharmacy board inspector and others.

Brooks pleaded guilty in July to eight counts of unlawful distribution of hydrocodone and two counts of filing a false income tax return.

In 2005 and 2006 the investigation found that Brooks purchased almost two million hydrocodone and Lortab pills through his business, but then sold more than 530,000 of the pills to others without valid prescriptions.

According to the government, Brooks didn’t report the proceeds — amounting to roughly $84,289 in 2005 and $168,578 in 2006 — from the illegal transactions on either his business tax returns or his personal tax returns for 2005 and 2006.

As part of a plea arrangement, Headley resigned a year later and agreed to a suspended five-year sentence as well as to seek help in an alcohol and drug treatment program.

2 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 11/16/11 at 6:16

This case has drug on for years now. I suppose the government was hoping
the guy would just die before they had to take any action. Mr. Brooks was
also the "Dealer" for Sheriff Headley who also never served a day in jail.

The 99% versus 1% is just as much a problem in our Court System as it
is in our financial system! Maybe even more so since it's Liberties we are
talking about.

By: lorbnash on 11/17/11 at 8:49

I lost a friend prior Glenn Brooks having to close his pharmacy. She was a troubled person, and she was addicted to hydrocodone, supplied to her illegally by this pharmacist. If you ever went to this pharmacy, it didn't take an DEA agent to figure out pretty quickly that several different types of lines were always forming. Legitimate vs. non-legitimate customers. He was pure and simple a drug dealer. He lived part-time in Florida with his illegal proceeds. My friend is gone and he serves 1 day.