Oregon trio arrested by police for codeine scam

Posted at 1:22 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 15:30:50-04

Three men from Portland, Oregon have been arrested after allegedly trying to use fake prescriptions to buy codeine cough syrup at six different stores, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Fuad A Mohamed is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy, computer crime, and forgery. Devontae J. Ahmed and Abdullhi S. Abdulkadir are both charged with obtaining a controlled substance by deception.

Detectives were first alerted about the trio on Tuesday after a pharmacist called to report a fake prescription.

Police traced the movements of the men to six different Treasure Valley area stores and stopped them at a pharmacy in Meridian for questioning.

Detectives searched their vehicle that had Oregon plates and found a computer and printer used to make the fake prescriptions, along with several printed prescriptions in various stages of completion.

Evidence suggests that the men were trying to bring back the codeine cough syrup to sell in the Portland area.

The crime of obtaining a controlled substance by deception is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.