DTF: Woman faked ID to buy pills

Published 2:08 am Saturday, October 11, 2008

An Andalusia woman was jailed Thursday after she allegedly attempted to obtain prescription pills by posing as an employee of a local doctor’s office.

A Drug Task Force spokesman said 21-year-old Nikala Westgate was arrested on one count of attempted possession of a controlled substance.

“(Westgate) called an area pharmacy posing as personnel from an area doctor’s office,” the spokesman said. “She attempted to give the pharmacy a false prescription for a controlled substance.”

The suspicious circumstances in which the prescription was allegedly called into the pharmacy prompted pharmacy employees to contact the DTF, the spokesman said.

The spokesman said agents were able to make contact with Westgate and ultimately placed her under arrest. She was booked into the Covington County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

“Incidents like this only go to reaffirm the ongoing problem this county has with prescription pill abuse,” the spokesman said. “DTF agents and other law enforcement agencies are constant in their attempts to curb this problem.

“Thankfully, working relationships between law enforcement and area businesses has led to removing another suspected drug abuser off the streets,” he said.

Anyone wishing to report suspected drug activity or abuse is asked to contact the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force at 222-3532.