3 accused of using fake prescriptions to get cough syrup

BOISE -- Three people were arrested Friday after investigators say they used fake prescriptions to try to get codeine cough syrup at pharmacies in the Boise area.

Chicago residents Letitita M. Miller, 23, and Shateria S. Morse, 29, face felony charges of burglary and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in connection to the case. Jimmy Lee Hyde, 46, of Boise, faces a single felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

According to the Ada County Sheriff's Office, the Chicago women came to Boise with a plan to buy as many bottles of codeine cough syrup as possible, and then take the bottles out of state to sell.

Sheriff's officials say Morse and Miller had met Hyde earlier that day and convinced him to collect prescriptions for them. Detectives arrested Hyde inside a local pharmacy as the women waited for him in the parking lot.

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Investigators found multiple fake prescriptions with different names on them in Morse and Miller's rental car. They also say they found evidence that the trio had visited at least three different pharmacies in the area Friday trying to use the fake prescriptions to get cough syrup.

All three were booked into the Ada County Jail, and are due in court Monday afternoon. Obtaining a controlled substance by deception is punishable by up to four years in prison.

The sheriff's office says deputies arrested three men from Portland in May after the men also used fake prescriptions in an attempt to buy codeine cough syrup. All three pleaded guilty earlier this year. 

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