Officials arrested eight people, including seven Baton Rouge residents, accused of using fake prescriptions to obtain a total of $45,000 worth of pain medication.
They are accused of buying and possessing narcotics using prescriptions made to look as if they came from Baton Rouge medical facilities, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release says.
The group obtained about 810 dosage units of hydrocodone and about 1,220 dosage units of oxycodone in the last year, together estimated to have a street value of $45,000, the release says.
Booked Tuesday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison were: Mia Bindon, 36, 1314 N. 48th St.; Charles Benjamin, 46, 4260 Billops St.; Clifford Buckley, 55, 3436 Osceola St.; and Darrly Richards, 51, 3324 Wenonah St., all accused of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a Schedule II drug. Bindon was booked on two counts and Richards on three.
Jesse Armstead Jr., 57, 1229 N. 37th St., was also arrested Tuesday on one count of an attempt to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud.
Officials in November had arrested Siera Pryer, 77655 Lee Street, Maringouin; James Dyer, 2829 Tecumseh, Baton Rouge; and Jasen Webb, 5145 Maple Drive, Baton Rouge, all on obtaining a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a Schedule II drug. Webb was booked on three counts.
The arrests were made by the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Squad with the help of multiple local police agencies.