Kennewick man accused of selling medications

By The Tri-City HeraldJanuary 31, 2014 

A Kennewick man is locked up on $5,000 bail on charges he sold his personal medications for additional income.

Jimmy Mark Avery, 63, has a March 17 trial date on two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

The first charge is for hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever, and the second is for carisprodol, a muscle relaxer.

He has pleaded innocent.

Avery is on disability and is prescribed multiple medications, according to court documents. He allegedly told investigators he sells some of the prescriptions for money.

A confidential informant, working with Benton County sheriff's deputies, went to Avery's apartment on three separate occasions in December and early January to buy the drugs, court documents said.

Avery lives across from Park Middle School.

The confidential informant was searched by deputies before each transaction and given prerecorded currency.

The informant bought six hydrocodone pills for $30, eight muscle relaxants for $20 and another seven for $20, documents said. The third deal for the seven muscle relaxants also included four tramadol pills, which requires a prescription but is not a controlled substance.

Deputies searched Avery's home Jan. 24. He was arrested the same day.

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