Forged ‘script lands 1 in jail

Published 1:17 am Thursday, October 27, 2016

An Elba man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly tried to pass off a phony prescription.

Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said that at around 12:23 p.m., a complaint was filed with the OPD in reference to a man trying to pass a forged prescription at a local pharmacy.

Officers responded to the pharmacy to learn that the subject had altered a prescription in order to receive a stronger schedule medication and had already left the area.

Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Justin James Deal, 27, of Elba.

Officers located Deal at an Opp residence.

When officers made contact with Deal, they found he was in possession prescription narcotics.

OPD contacted the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, who took over the case.

Deal was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of a forged instrument in the third degree.

Deal was transported to the Covington County Jail and is being held on a $13,000 bond.

According to The Southeast Sun, Deal was arrested in November 2013 by the Elba Police Department for two counts of possession of a forged instrument.

Possession of a controlled substance is a class C felony, while the forgery charge is a misdemeanor.