Pharmacist released from jail after relatives take weapons

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Barbourville pharmacist and City Councilman arrested last week on charges of unlawful distribution of prescription drugs and conspiracy to distribute has been released from jail.

But 73-year-old Calvin Manis can’t return to his business, Parkway Pharmacy, or have any conversations with current or former employees, according to orders handed down Tuesday by federal Judge Magistrate Hanly Ingram as part of Manis’ release.

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Prosecutors originally had asked that Manis be forced to stay in jail because of his weapons stash but his son-in-law Larry Smith filed an affidavits in court saying he and others have taken all Manis’ guns and ammunition and won’t allow him to have access, according to court records.

Based on that promise, prosecutors dropped their push to have Manis stay in jail.

Also as a condition of his release, he must report to probation officers, can’t work as a pharmacist, and can’t have guns.

Manis was charged by the Drug Enforcement Agency after a months-long investigation which alleged Manis had been taking part in the conspiracy at least from January 2015 to December 2019. And according to recorded phone conversations with an informant for whom Manis allegedly was filling prescriptions, Manis knew federal investigators were looking into some of the activities, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case.

In the affidavit, federal agent Anthony Janutoto said Manis filled prescriptions for people who the cooperating witness “sponsored.” The witness would take the people to doctors, often in Tennessee, and pay for their visits to help them get the medications. In return, they would give the witness some or all of the prescription drugs, the affidavit states.
The agent alleges Manis knew the drugs were being diverted.

Manis has a prior record with the feds. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor federal charges of misbranding drugs and selling guns without keeping proper records. Manis, who was a licensed firearms dealer, got a year and a $15,000 fine, according to court records.