DEA records on Costco settlement

Nick Blaylock filed this request with the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States of America.
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Due March 5, 2018
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From: Nick Blaylock

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to the DEA investigation of Costco pharmacies, ultimately leading to a $11.75 million settlement agreement with the government in January 2017.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Nick Blaylock

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Dear Mr. Blaylock,

Please see the attached acknowledgement letter regarding your recent FOIA request (case 18-00166-F).

Kind regards,
Jenrette Nowaczynski
FSA Paralegal II Contractor, DEA SARF Unit

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

A fix is required to perfect the request.

From: Nick Blaylock


This is a clarification my earlier request of December 3, 2017, and in response to your request for clarification of December 13, 2017.

Please retrieve any and all Reports of Investigations (DEA Form 6, or DEA-6) involving two Costco pharmacies defined below. Also, please retrieve any Administrative Inspection Warrants or Search Warrants pertaining to the pharmacies below.

The investigating offices at which these records may be found are DEA Diversion Groups and/or Field Offices in Seattle (WA), Los Angeles (CA), and Sacramento (CA).

The two pharmacies for which information is requested are:

1. One located in Everett, Washington, with a place of business of 802 134th St. SW. This pharmacy has a Provider Identification number of 4931918.

2. One "central fill" located in West Sacramento, California, whose DEA license was recently revoked.

Thank you for your time and efforts on my behalf.


From: Drug Enforcement Administration

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Drug Enforcement Administration

Good morning,

Thank you for your email. By status letter dated February 09, 2018, we advised that your request is being processed as expeditiously as possible and has been assigned to a Government Information Specialist (GIS), Mr. Kewley. We are currently consulting with our Chief Counsel Division regarding this request. You may contact Mr. Kewley for any additional information or to provide further clarification.

Kind regards,
Jenrette Nowaczynski
FSA Paralegal III Contractor, DEA FOIA Unit (SARF)