CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Investigators with Cherkoee County narcotics squad have arrested two women accused of stealing prescriptions after an investigation that spanned months.
Authorities told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon that the women were stealing prescriptions from their own clinics.
“Unfortunately when we abuse that trust, that’s when the laws get broken and we step in and try to do something to correct it,” said Cherokee County multi-agency narcotics squad commander Phil Price.
In the first case, the squad arrested Tiffany Martin, 30. Investigators believe the employee at WellStar Neurosurgery in Marietta stole a prescription from one of her disabled patients.
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“It’s bad enough that they divert drugs from the system, from the legitimate resources, but when they divert drugs from a legitimate patient, that is really troubling to us,” Price said.
Wilfon obtained a copy of the prescription for 120 tablets of oxycodone. The squad also said she made up another prescription for Xanax.
Authorities said she then had the prescriptions filled at various pharmacies where the squad said her boyfriend Dewaski Martin, 25, picked them up. The squad arrested him, too.
After the couple bonded out of jail, Wilfon stopped by the Canton home where he believed Martin lives, but there was no answer at the door.
In the other case, the squad arrested Shelby Scoville, 32, a technician for a Roswell veterinarian.
The squad said Scoville wrote prescriptions for a painkiller and Xanax to her own dog then had them filled with no intention of ever giving them to the animal.
“It’s not terribly common. In the 40 years I’ve been doing this, I’ve seen a couple of cases,” Price said.
Authorities say it’s unclear whether the women intended to sell the drugs or use them.
Wilfon learned Scoville no longer works at the vet clinic. Wellstar confirmed to Wilfon that Martin has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.