Man arrested for fake prescription in Canton, Missouri

Canton, MO (WGEM) —  A Chicago man has been arrested in Canton, Missouri, for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.

Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish reported that Avis Garth, 57, was arrested Friday on one count of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance, a class E felony.

Parrish stated that his office began an investigation at the request of County Market Pharmacy in Lewistown, Missouri, on January 2. Pharmacy employees reported a male subject had called in a fake prescription for a cough medicine containing codeine.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office conducted surveillance for several days.

On Friday, the County Market Pharmacy in Canton, Missouri, called to report an individual had arrived there to pick up a cough medicine containing codeine. They also believed the prescription was a fake, Parrish stated.

Members of the Canton Police Department and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and confronted a male and female at Canton County Market. The female, who reported she was an Uber driver, admitted she had driven Garth from Chicago to Canton. Garth was taken into custody and transported to the Lewis County Jail, Parrish stated.

He remains lodged on a $10,000 cash only bond.

Jim Roberts

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