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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours today at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities found a bottle of Viagra in his possession prescribed to someone else.
Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted what was called a “typical” search of Limbaugh’s luggage upon his arrival from the Dominican Republic, discovering 29 blue Viagra pills.
“The problem was that on the bottle itself was not his name, but the name of two Florida doctors,” Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokesman Paul Miller told the Associated Press. “He said he had the Viagra in his possession for his use and that he did obtain it from his doctors.”
Investigators confiscated the Viagra, which is used to enhance male sexual performance, and Limbaugh was released without being charged, though the sheriff’s office plans to file a report with the state attorney’s office.
“We believe there may be a second degree misdemeanor violation, which is possession of certain drugs without a prescription, because the bottle does not have his name on it,” Miller, a former FBI agent, said.
Roy Black, Limbaugh’s attorney, issued a statement noting a doctor had prescribed the drug, but it was “labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes.”
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In April, Limbaugh and the Florida state attorney, Democrat Barry Krischer, reached a settlement in a long-running prescription-drug investigation of the conservative radio giant, who termed the matter a political witch hunt as well as a “fishing expedition” by prosecutors.
Under the agreement, a single charge of doctor shopping was to be dismissed in 18 months if Limbaugh continues to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two and a half years for back pain.
“Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping,” said Black at the time, “and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ to the charge filed by the State.
“As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the state of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of ‘supervision’ and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.
“Mr. Limbaugh had intended to remain in treatment. Thus, we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won.”
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