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Three charged with cough-syrup scam in Banksville

November 26, 2018

GREENWICH — Three men were arrested on charges of using a false prescription to obtain a potent cough syrup containing codeine.

A call from the North Street Pharmacy in Banksville brought police to the shopping center in the north end of town Friday afternoon. The store notified police that a suspect was attempting to obtain a potent form of cough medicine with a fraudulent prescription, according to police. It was determined that the suspect would be returning to the store, and undercover units, along with uniformed officers, were dispatched. Arrests followed at the store and parking lot.

Police said three men were apprehended in the attempt to purchase the cough syrup, which can be abused. The arrest report stated that the three suspects had “succeeded in obtaining cough syrup with codeine through fraudulent means at four additional locations.”

The abuse of cough syrup — sometimes referred to as orange crush, robo, tussing or skittling — can lead to addiction.

“There’s a reason there’s a prescription for it,” said police Lt. John Slusarz. “It has addictive properties, and there’s a market for it.”

Charged with obtaining a controlled drug through fraud, possession of narcotics, conspiracy and illegal possession of a controlled substance were: William Tifa, 21, of Wadsworth Ave., New York City; Vecus Darcie, 20, of Essex Street, New York City; and Thomas Martinez, 21, of Groesbeck Road, Cincinnatti.

Bail was set at $50,000 for Tifa and Darcie. Martinez was released on a promise to appear.

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