11 charged in large bust involving ‘pharmacy shopping,’ sheriff says

11 charged in large bust involving 'pharmacy shopping,' sheriff says (Image 1)
11 charged in large bust involving 'pharmacy shopping,' sheriff says (Image 1)

The Bulloch County
Sheriff's Office says they have arrested 11 people for 'pharmacy
shopping.' The office says the suspects would forge signatures on
prescription pads to fraudulently obtain prescription medications from
area pharmacies

“The suspects would then sell the medications for a profit on the black
market, especially pain medications like Hydrocodone and Oxycontin,”  a sheriff's department press release said.

 
During the course of the investigation, investigators discovered that the
forged prescriptions were turning up as far away as the Atlanta area as well, sheriff's officials said.

“This
enabled CST to reach out to detectives in Metro Atlanta as well as local
pharmacists for assistance,” officials said in a press release.

One local man, Bravura Banks Jr, age 20 of Statesboro, was arrested as he
attempted a fraudulent purchase at Rite Aid in Statesboro. 

Three other people have been arrested in the Atlanta area and other arrests are
anticipated. 

Banks was charged with Forgery in the 1st Degree and
Fraudulently Obtaining a Controlled Substance and was later released on
bond.

On Thursday, deputies raided The Grove Apartments on Brampton Avenue in Statesboro based on sales
of marijuana and prescription pills from that location. 

Jamaal
Mcclearin, age 22 of Statesboro, was arrested and charged
with 2 counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Sale of a Schedule IV
drug, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and 1
count of Giving False Information to Law Enforcement. 

David Banks, age 19, of Statesboro, was charged with 1 count of Sale of
Marijuana and 1 count of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to
Distribute.  Both were booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

Also on Thursday, members of the drug task force executed a search warrant at a residence in
the 100 block of Thomkin Drive, Statesboro, based on drug sales from
that home, officials said.

  Jared Bamberg, age 21, of Statesboro, was
arrested and charged with 1 count of Sale of Marijuana and booked into
the Bulloch County Jail.

Later on Thursday, authorities also executed a search warrant at a mobile home in
Eagle Trace Mobile Home Park on US 301 S based on sales of methamphetamine,
marijuana, and cocaine from the residence.  

Dexter Adams, age 27, of Eagle
Trace Mobile Home Park, was arrested on 2 counts of Sale of Methamphetamine, 2
counts of Sale of Marijuana, 1 count of Possession of Cocaine, and 1
count of Possession/use of a drug related object. 

Christopher Adams, age 31, and Daniel Mikell, age 23, both of the mobile home park were
arrested for Possession/use of a drug related object.  Mikell was also
wanted for Probation Violation.  All suspects were transported to the
Bulloch County Jail.

Finally on Thursday, authorities executed a search warrant at an
apartment in The Lodge of Statesboro on Institute St. 

“Multiple
complaints had been received concerning this apartment related to drug
sales/use, prostitution, and other quality of life issues,” deputies said.

Three
individuals, Marie White-Gibson, age 36, Robert Lee Light, age 34, and
Keysha Smith, age 42, all of Statesboro were located in the one
bedroom apartment along with numerous drug related objects used to smoke
crack cocaine.

  The trio was arrested for Possession/Use of a drug related
object and served a notice not to return to the Lodge or face arrest
for criminal trespass. 

The tenant of the apartment, Donald Williams, age 58, of Statesboro, arrived while the search was being
conducted and was arrested for Maintaining a Disorderly House.  All four
were transported to the Bulloch County Jail for processing.

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