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Los Angeles, California (CNN) 29 million dollars.
That's how much CVS Caremark Corporation might have to pay in fines for allegedly losing track of prescription painkillers.
The drugs went unaccounted for from four California stores.
Authorities say thousands of the pills may have been sold on the black market.
"It’s mostly central and northern California at the moment, and yet, pharmacists here in southern California have told me they've been warned by the head office CVS to start getting their paperwork in order because the investigation might spread. CVS says that this is more of a matter of administrative record keeping than anything else, which is the same thing they said when the 11 million dollar fine was levied last year,” explains David Lazarus, LA Times
A special agent from the DEA says warrants have been served to the stores involved, but declined to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.