November 08, 2012|By Frank Warner, Of The Morning Call
Two men were charged Wednesday with using faked drug prescriptions last week in an attempt to obtain painkilling pills from an Allentown pharmacy.
Bret H. Hedden, 28, of Scranton, Lackawanna County, and Tyrone Thomas, 27, of Hanover, Luzerne County, were arrested Oct. 26 when they tried to obtain the drugs at Walter’s Pharmacy at 401 N. 17th St., police said.
Hedden at 5:20 p.m. gave a Walter’s pharmacist a forged prescription for Naproxen and Oxycodone while Thomas waited outside in a BMW car, according to the police arrest affidavit. Hedden also tried to buy the pills at the drug store earler the same day, police said.
Police seized the car that Hedden and Thomas used, the affidavit says. Under the front passenger’s seat, investigators found a bottle of Naproxen and a bottle of Oxycodone in a bag, police said.
Another Naproxen bottle was found in the passenger’s side map pocket, the affidavit says. Next to the driver’s seat, yet another bottle held Oxycodone pills, police said.
Police did not say where the drugs in the car were bought, but the affidavit says Hedden also took forged prescriptions to HomeStar Medical Equipment and Pharmacy in Hanover Township, Northampton County.
The affidavit says Hedden used or tried to use two cellphones to make the improper drug purchases, and a digital scale was found in the car’s trunk.
Thomas provided transportation and hid the drugs in a conspiracy with Hedden, police said.
Hedden and Thomas were charged with acquisition of controlled substances by misrepresentation, illegal possession of controlled substances, conspiracy to acquire controlled substances and criminal use of a communications facility.
The two were arraigned Thursday morning by District Judge Ronald Manescu, who sent them to Lehigh County Prison under $50,000 each.