With a Missouri City drug raid late last month, agents from the DEA and multiple other local and state agencies closed an investigation into the activities of husband-and-wife Collins Ike Uwake and Gorathy Maria Uwake.
According to court documents, the couple ran two pill -mill pharmacies dispensing the so-called "Houston cocktail" of drugs: a mix of Soma, Xanax and Vicodin that when taken in combination emulates the effects of heroin.
Authorities say that registered nurse Collins Uwake also owned two southwest-side pharmacies -- Royal Pharmacy on Murphy Road and Urban Alternative Pharmacy on South Gessner -- at which his wife worked as dispensing druggist. (Records show her pharmacists license is still current.) The feds further allege that the prescriptions at both pharmacies were fraudulent and said that many doctors that they interviewed told them that they refused to do business with Royal and Urban Alternative. (Oh, it was alternative all right. Allegedly...)
Hence the raid on October 26. The haul was staggering. Not only did the G-men haul off $1.3 million-plus from the couple's home and bank accounts, but they also seized a total of five cars belonging to either the Uwakes or companies under their control and that they claim were used to further the pill-mill operations.
And these were no hoopties, either...
- a black 2008 Honda Accord
- a green 2002 S-Type four-door Jaguar
- a silver 2008 Land Rover Range Rover
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- a maroon 2008 Nissan Titan
- a black 2007 Mercedes SUV
Authorities also claim they found over a kilo of the Houston cocktail drugs hidden in the couple's unassuming four-bedroom Missouri City home.
Both Uwakes were charged with possession with intent to deliver and manufacture / delivery of a controlled substance.