Police: Prescription fraudsters had masks, stolen gun
Three Maryland men are in York County Prison after police said two of them tried to pass fraudulent prescriptions for the drug used to make "purple drank," a concoction that mixes opioid cough syrup and soda.
West Manheim Township Police said they arrested the trio at the South Hanover Walmart on Wednesday. Other Hanover-area stores also reported similar fraudulent prescriptions being passed during the same time frame, police said.
The trio left Walmart Wednesday after being denied a prescription for the drug, police said.
A West Manheim officer tried to pull them over in the parking lot, but they fled, police said. They were stopped by a second township police officer in the 1900 block of Baltimore Pike and arrested, police said.
Marquez D. Beasley, 24, of Laurel; Trey D. Reavenell, 20, of Upper Marlboro; and Christopher R. Gutierrez, 20, of Riverdale remain in county prison on $75,000 bail each.
Stolen gun: In the vehicle with the trio was a bottle containing "purple drank" and a loaded .40-caliber handgun reported stolen last month in South Carolina, according to police, who said all three men were wearing black masks on the tops of their heads.
Police said their investigation involves working with law-enforcement agencies in several states, including South Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.
Phenergan with codeine is prescribed to treat symptoms of colds, the flu and allergies, police said, and abusers mix it with soda to get high on "purple drank."
Beasley is charged with receiving stolen property, two counts of procuring a drug by forgery, possession of a controlled substance, attempted possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gutierrez is charged with receiving stolen property, procuring a drug by forgery and attempted possession of a controlled substance.
Reavenell is charged with receiving stolen property, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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