Prescription for fraud leads to arrests

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Two Bienville Parish residents are behind Webster Parish bars after attempting to acquire controlled dangerous substances (CDS) by fraud.

La’Taja Jones, 18, of the 1100 block of Military Rd., Ringgold, is charged with prohibited acts fraudulent to obtain CDS and criminal conspiracy, both felonies.

Tyrese C. Adams, 18, of the 2700 block of Hill St., Ringgold is charged with possession of Promethazine, prohibited acts (possession of CDS by fraud) and criminal conspiracy, also felonies.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Brandon Curry, Lt. Kenneth James and Off. Kayla Little were dispatched to a Homer Road pharmacy Friday around mid-afternoon.

“We had learned there were 2 individuals there trying to fill a fraudulent prescription,” Cropper said. “The pharmacy technician gave a description of the persons. When officers pulled into the parking lot, they observed a black Lincoln leaving and initiated a traffic stop.”

Adams was reportedly removed from the vehicle after officers noted the odor of marijuana emitting from the passenger compartment.

“Post Miranda, Adams told officers that Jones and he saw a viral video in which people were obtaining prescription medications with a fraudulent prescription,” Cropper said. “They reached out to an unknown source via telegram and were instructed how to get the written prescription and get it filled. He said they had a prescription filled the day before (Nov. 3).”

Adams refused consent to search his vehicle and K9 Off. Brams was deployed to conduct an open-air sniff, which resulted in Brams alerting to the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle reportedly yielded a bottle of Promethazine prescribed to a third individual. It was dated Nov. 3.

Ofc. Chris Cayer detained Jones, who reportedly was trying to fill a prescription written by a local physician.

“Jones was waiting inside the pharmacy to have the prescription filled,” Cropper said. “The pharmacist made contact with the officer at the front door of the pharmacy. She said a male subject called from a number that was not recognized by the pharmacy as one of the physician’s numbers.”

Cropper said the prescription was for Phenergan syrup 300 ml., and written for yet a fourth individual.

Jones and Adams were taken to Minden PD after it was determined the two were together. They were transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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