BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Two people are charged in Baldwin County with calling-in fake prescriptions to local pharmacies.
Investigators believe the suspects may have worked their same operation all the way to Montgomery.
When 19-year-old Jacob Cramblitt walked into a Daphne pharmacy Monday, June 10 he got quite a surprise.
"We already had him on video at another pharmacy, so the investigators immediately knew that was the same subject and once he picked up the prescription they approached him," said Lt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators arrested Cramblitt and then went outside to interview his alleged accomplice, 47-year-old Sherry Marston.
"They were very active with this, most of the pharmacies I spoke to were getting calls weekly, if not daily," said Lt. Cadenhead.
Narcotics investigators said Marston, posing as a nurse, would place after hours' calls to pharmacies, leaving a voice message asking them to fill a prescription.
Some would verify her information, others would not.
"I think in some instances they were not able to determine whether it was a fraudulent prescription or not and went ahead and dispensed the controlled substance," said Lt. Cadenhead.
The vigilant pharmacists alerted doctors, who in turn called the sheriff's office.
They said Marston used fake names, addresses and birth dates when placing her order, and she always paid cash.
"Mr. Cramblitt stated he was in it to try and make a little bit of money, and then of course he was getting some of the prescription medications for himself," said Lt. Cadenhead.
Investigators said Marston and Cramblitt were after the drug hydrocodone and they didn't limit their search to just Baldwin and Mobile counties.
"We also received some information that may have been trying to do this up the I-65 corridor almost all the way up into Montgomery," said Lt. Cadenhead.
Marston is charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs and other charges. Marston was on probation when arrested and is now being held without bond.
She has a previous history of arrests in Mobile County for similar crimes.
Cramblitt remains in jail and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
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