3 arrested after allegedly trying to fill fake prescription in name of deceased at Washington pharmacy – St George News
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ST. GEORGE- Officers recovered a large amount of evidence during the search of a vehicle believed to have been involved in a prescription fraud scheme when medication was called for a deceased person.
Emergency dispatch received a call Saturday from a Washington City pharmacy shortly after noon reporting that a fraudulent opioid prescription had been called into the pharmacy inside a grocery store on Red Cliffs Drive.
Officers responded and spoke to staff who said while trying to verify the prescription they learned the patient had died.
Officers waited for the suspect and, after several minutes, a man approached the counter to retrieve the drugs. Officers responded and detained the suspect, Calvin Jordan Williams, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.
Meanwhile, other officers arrived and searched the parking lot, suspecting there might be multiple suspects. One of the officers noticed a brown sedan pull out of the parking lot with two occupants inside. When the officer spotted two brake lights that were out, the vehicle was pulled over on Red Cliffs Drive for an equipment violation.
While talking to the driver, 20-year-old Arizona resident Jazmyne Aisia Brooks, the officer asked what the two were doing at the pharmacy. Brooks said they were there to pick up a prescription but said she wasn’t there.
The passenger initially told police his name was Alex Joseph, which turned out to be incorrect, and was later identified as 23-year-old Alexander Joseph Gala of Phoenix.
When officers reviewed surveillance footage from the pharmacy, they saw a man exit a vehicle that matched the stopped car, leading the officer to believe that “Jazmyne and the man were involved in a fraudulent scheme”.
Armed with a warrant, officers searched the car and recovered “a large amount” of evidence, including a piece of paper with several pen-written notes listing personal identifying information belonging to several people – including the dates of birth, “agency” numbers, as well as “commissioner” numbers. The list also contained a mailing address for one of the registrants also had a mailing address.
The three suspects were transported to the Purgatory Correctional Center and imprisoned.
Williams told officers he was hired to retrieve the prescription, then declined to answer questions. He was convicted on two counts, including obstruction of justice and wrongfully obtaining or issuing a court order. He was released shortly thereafter.
Gala faces a third-degree felony count for possession of multiple identity documents, as well as three misdemeanor counts, including one count of conspiracy, providing false information about another to the police and possession of marijuana.
The report also states that while in jail, the officer attempted to put Gala’s cellphone on airplane mode, which is standard procedure when booking cellphones into evidence, but he “unintentionally observed a message from an unknown application telling him to delete his photos”. ‘urgently,'” he noted in the report.
Brooks faces one count of felony in the third degree for possession of multiple identification documents, as well as four misdemeanor counts, including one count of conspiracy, obstructing an arrest, possession marijuana and driving with a suspended license. She was also convicted of the two traffic offences.
The officer also requested that Brooks and Gala be held without bond since the suspects are not from Utah and have no connection to the area. The request was approved and the two remain in custody without bail.
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