Fake prescription leads to arrest

Tue, 04/21/2009 - 3:04pm
By: Ben Nelms

A faked prescription for Schedule II cough medicine led to the April 19 arrest of a College Park juvenile on forgery charges and the discovery of suspected cocaine and a concealed handgun in the vehicle of the three males who had traveled to several cities attempting to get forged prescriptions filled.

Arrested for 1st degree forgery and a violation of the state controlled substances act was a 16-year-old male from College Park, said Fayetteville Police Maj. Kevin Gooding.

Also arrested was 28-year-old College Park resident Brandon Wood on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon by a felon, Gooding said. A third man, 30-year-old Atlanta resident Larry Reese, was charged with possession of a drug-related object and being a party to a crime, Gooding said.

The incident occurred as the juvenile filled a prescription for the Schedule II cough medicine, said Gooding. Police were alerted by staff at the Walgreen’s store on North Glynn Street. Officers picked up the 16-year-old outside the store, Gooding said. He agreed to have officers transport him to the general location where Wood and Reese could be found.

The vehicle was located at Roberts Road and Ga. Highway 85, Gooding said, and a search was conducted. Officers found a small amount of suspected cocaine in a clear plastic bag and a .40 caliber Glock handgun under the dash belonging to Wood, Gooding said. Also discovered in the vehicle was a set of scales belonging to Reese, said Gooding.

Upon questioning the three, officers learned that they had apparently traveled to several other cities where they were successful in obtaining medication with forged prescriptions in some instances and unsuccessful in others, said Gooding.

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