Forged Oxycodone Prescriptions
Passed In Port Jervis Pharmacies
PORT JERVIS — An alert pharmacist in Port Jervis flagged a suspicious drug prescription to the city Police Department last Friday, which led to the arrest of nine members of a suspected New York City-based drug ring working in Port Jervis, according to Police Chief William Worden.
Port Jervis City Police detectives reportedly found a pattern in which nine persons with New York City addresses had been coming to Port Jervis and presenting prescriptions for various quantities of 30-milligram tablets of oxycodone, a pain-killing drug.
Police and pharmacists determined that the prescriptions were forged on what appeared to be legitimate New York State prescription paper.
City police also determined that small groups of New York City residents were apparently coming to Port Jervis to fill prescriptions and then returning with the filled prescriptions to New York City.
Police are investigating the feasibility that the groups might have been recruited, were driven to Port Jervis, with each individual in the group having a forged prescription in his or her name.
Worden said that oxycodone is a highly addictive narcotic drug. It is a common street drug that is abused by people who want to get high.
The drug is highly marketable when recycled on the street, having a typical market value of $15 to $20 per tablet.
Port Jervis police arrested the following nine people suspected of using forged prescriptions.. for complete story, get this week's issue.