Authorities on Thursday made another nine arrests and are searching for three more people in a prescription fraud ring in which faked documents were created to get an assortment of pills to sell for profit.
Those arrested are accused of using the names of Acadiana-area doctors on more than 150 fraudulent prescriptions for drugs including oxycodone and Vicodin, both opioid painkillers; amphetamine salt, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; buprenorphine, an opioid replacement drug used to treat addiction; carisoprodol, a muscle relaxer; and alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety disorder.
Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force agents last summer arrested nine people in the case and seized computer equipment used to make the fake prescriptions, according to a news release.
Police also seized more than $30,000 worth of merchandise obtained through fake receipts used in a similar manner to those used to get prescriptions.
Arrested on Thursday were Neal Allan Begnaud, 23; Jon Paul Boudreaux, 29; Timothy Paul Boudreaux, 27; Robert Gregory Brazell, 31; Colby James Courville, 31; Jason Paul Delafosse, 33; Gary Gustave Martin Jr., 39; Thea Rae Sonnier, 25; and Grant F. Vercher, 30, according to a task force news release.
Each was booked on counts of forgery, criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, ranging from Schedule II to IV, the news release says.
Brazell already had been arrested in the case in the summer and now faces additional charges through information uncovered since in the investigation, the news release says.
Still wanted in the case are Kristoffer Seth Bonin, 42; Nicholas Jude Courville, 31; and Zachary Michael Lee, 29.
Nicholas Courville also had been arrested in the case in the summer and now faces additional charges through information uncovered since in the investigation, the task force said.