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Irvine police arrest man suspected of selling prescription drugs

March 31, 2013|By Bryce Alderton, Times Community News | This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Irvine police arrested a man for allegedly selling prescription drugs Friday, concluding a three-month investigation.

Detectives arrested Anaheim resident Anthony Risberg, 37, for sales and transportation of a controlled substance and weapons violations, police said. Police said detectives witnessed Risberg selling drugs and then arrested him. His bail was set at $25,000.

After the arrest, detectives searched Risberg's vehicle and found about 150 oxycodone pills, two loaded handguns and two magazines for a weapon not in the vehicle. Detectives later searched Risberg's residence and found additional weapons, including an illegally altered assault rifle.

Police believe Risberg obtained pills from someone with a prescription and sold them for profit. Police are not sure if those with prescriptions are obtaining the drugs illegally.

Risberg is employed in sales and has no connection to the medical or pharmaceutical profession, police said.

[For the Record, 8:20 a.m. April 1: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that 150 pounds of oxycodone pills were found in the car; 150 pills were found.]

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