September 1, 2014

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Police: Forgery suspects part of multi-state counterfeit ring

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows two women drug enforcement agents in two counties believe are responsible for forging at least 11 prescriptions. (PHOTOS PROVIDED)

Surveillance video from a Target in Wadsworth shows two women drug enforcement agents in two counties believe are responsible for forging at least 11 prescriptions. (PHOTOS PROVIDED)

Two women suspected of forging prescriptions at five area pharmacies are members of counterfeit prescription ring, Medina County Drug Task Force Agent J. Tadd Davis said.

The women’s photos were featured in Tuesday’s Gazette with a request for help identifying them. Davis said his phone rang nonstop and after following up on a number of tips, he was able to identify them as members of the counterfeit prescription ring originating in the Maryland-Virginia area.

“We really appreciate the public’s assistance in helping us identify these women,” Davis said.

Davis said he could not release the women’s names yet, but said the task force is working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Virginia FBI to investigate the drug ring.

“We know they’ve hit (pharmacies) in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee,” Davis said.

The women are suspected of filling forged prescriptions at three pharmacies in Medina and two in the Wadsworth area.

They are also suspected of forgeries in the Canton and North Canton areas.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.