Investigation Nets Prescription Forgery Ring Bust
Clinton Police and MBN partner to combat growing problem
Clinton, Miss. (October 15, 2015) – In early August of 2015, the Clinton Police Department (CPD) Narcotics Unit, in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy (MBP), began investigating multiple fraudulently manufactured prescriptions being filled in the Tri-County areas.
Between early August and October, the CPD, MBN, and other law enforcement agencies had recovered forty-three (43) fraudulent prescriptions out of the Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Warren County areas. The CPD effectively arrested eight (8) suspects and was eventually able to source the suspects responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of the fraudulent prescriptions.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the CPD executed a document search warrant at 1000 East Northside Drive (the North Town Apartments) apartment 154 in Jackson, the residence of Prince and Elizabeth Johnson. Inside, agents of the MBN seized computers, printers, hard drives, and prescription grade paper that was believed to have been used to manufacture the fraudulent prescriptions. Drugs were also seized.
Over thirty (30) suspects have been implemented in the case due to their information being used on the fraudulent prescriptions to obtain the controlled substances.
In addition to the prescription fraud investigation, a runaway juvenile was found at the apartment building during the search warrant. The 17 year old female had been reported missing since September of 2014 and human trafficking was suspected. The minor’s case was adopted by the FBI.
Roxicodone (Oxycodone) and Promethazine with Codeine Syrup was the organization’s primary targeted controlled drugs. Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) and Norco (Hydrocodone) were also targeted. The controlled drugs that had been obtained and subsequently distributed to the streets in the tri-county areas, within a two (2) month period, was estimated to a value over $100,000.00.
Agents are confident that other fraudulent prescriptions will turn up. The investigation continues.
One (1) to five (5) years in prison per each count of prescription fraud (MS CODE SEC 41-29-144).
Subjects arrested were:
(primary) - manufacturing prescriptions / selling the drugs
Prince John Johnson of Jackson
Elizabeth “Bell” Johnson of Jackson
(secondary) - selling the drugs
Brenton “Flip” Taylor of Jackson
Demario “Yo” Wilson of Jackson
Montavious “Flag” Johnsonv of Jackson
Christian “Chris” Freels of Jackson
Ariele Patterson of Jackson
Michael “Mike” Landfair of Jackson
Cynthia Ricks (arrested in Florence, MS)
Terrence Teat (arrested in Florence, MS)