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One Arrested in Fake Prescriptions Drug Case, Investigation Continues

web posted April 15, 2014

EDGEFIELD One person has been arrested after an apparent scam to obtain prescription pain killers by pretending to be a doctor and calling in the drugs for a patient. A pharmacist at the CVS in Edgefield contacted the Sheriff's Office when he became suspicious when the person claiming to be a doctor in Greenwood called the prescription in, and it was not the voice of the doctor that he was familiar with.

According to incident reports, on Saturday a man claimed to be from Greenwood and just moved into the area following being in a wreck breaking his leg in two places and left his prescription at the doctor's office in Greenwood. After providing all his personal information, the called said the doctor would be calling in the prescription for the pain killers. A couple of hours later the supposed doctor did call in the prescription and provided all the necessary information to have the order filled.

The pharmacist called the doctor who confirmed the prescription was a fake.

Another pharmacist at the Saluda CVS had contacted the Edgefield store saying they had an identical call, however, the patient name was different.

On Sunday an man arrived at the store in Edgefield asking to pick up the prescription for his friend, and gave the patient's name. The pharmacist stated he would have to see a driver's license and the suspect produced one and the information was taken down. The man was asked where the patient was told he was at the Bi-Lo shopping. The pharmacist stated the patient would have to come in to obtain the drugs and the man left and did not return.

The Sheriff's Office was notified again about the situation. Narcotics investigators were already working the case and notified Saluda to be on the lookout for the same man trying to fill the prescription there.

That's when Justin Ricordo Blair, 24, of Plumb Branch was taken into custody at the Saluda CVS for trying to obtain the drugs.

The case remains under investigation and it is unclear if more arrests are expected.

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