Police Apprehend Four People Passing Fake Prescriptions For Opioids
Police (OPP) began receiving reports from pharmacies in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge about fraudulent prescriptions being submitted on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Police say that fraudsters were successful in obtaining hundreds of prescription opioids as a result.
Pharmacists and police were proactive in reaching out to other pharmacies in the area and shortly after 4:00 p.m. on November 14, a suspect was recognized by staff at a pharmacy in Huntsville while attempting to submit a prescription and police were called. The suspect attempted to enter a waiting vehicle but was located by police and arrested before he could get in. The vehicle fled but was stopped short distance away and three occupants of the vehicle were arrested.
Police have charged 4 people from the GTA with a variety of offences including:
- Use, deals, acts on forged document
- Trafficking in Schedule I Substance - Opioid
- Fraud Under $5000
- Impersonation with Intent
- Obstruct Peace Officer
- Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance
- Dangerous Operation
- Flight from Peace Officer
Police say all four appeared for a bail hearing on Friday.