Three nabbed in drug scam
Three Kings Beach residents were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of passing forged prescriptions for the drugs penicillin and Vicodin at a Truckee pharmacy.
According to Cmdr. Scott Berry of the Truckee Police Department, the incident began when the department received a phone call from the Longs Drugs in the Truckee Crossroads shopping center off Deerfield Drive and Highway 89 South.
“Longs reported that they had received what they believed was a forged prescription and provided a description of possible suspects,” Berry said. “In the meantime, one of our detectives started calling around other pharmacies to see if they had had any similar incidents. Safeway in Kings Beach reported that they had also received questionable prescriptions.”
When a 17-year-old male showed up to pick up the prescription, Longs notified police and the suspect was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics and taken to juvenile hall.
Later that day, after further investigation, two more arrests were made in connection with the case.
The first, Christina Aguilar, 27, is the sister of the 17-year-old taken into custody earlier in the day, and the second was Rose Diaz, 34. Both women were taken to Nevada County jail and arrested on charges of conspiracy to obtain prescription drugs through fraud.
Berry said that often when people are passing forged prescriptions, they’ve managed to steal the forms from a hospital or doctor’s office.
“They often have other people forge these prescription documents or forge them themselves,” he said.
Berry said that the Truckee Police Department will continue its investigation into the case in conjunction with both the Nevada and Placer County Sheriff’s offices.
He also commended Longs’ employees for their assistance in the arrests.
“Longs did a great job today,” he said.
A spokesman at Longs Drugs declined to comment on the incident.