Tennessee couple arrested for trying to buy 800 pills

Tennessee couple arrested for trying to buy 800 pills

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Tennessee couple is accused of traveling to Daytona Beach to purchase hundreds of illegal pills intended to be re-sold for a profit. 

Through undercover investigative work, agents with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation said they learned that Gary Hill, 41, and Paula Hill, 39, had successfully made a similar transaction in 2010 and were in the market to do so again. 

An undercover agent arranged to meet the Hills in the Volusia Mall parking lot.  As soon as the couple arrived, VBI agents stopped them and took them into custody.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the husband and wife from Maryville, Tenn. admitted to agents that they were using money recently obtained from a settlement to buy the pills. They had already pulled permits for the home construction and hoped to quickly double their settlement money through the pill sales.

Agents found $7,778 in cash on the couple when they were arrested. They were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. Both were charged with attempted trafficking in dangerous drugs, which carries a $50,000 bond.  Gary was also charged with unlawful use of a two way communications device.

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