Six area residents charged in fake prescription ring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Six Dayton area residents are facing federal charges connected to forging painkiller prescriptions.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the charges from from an ongoing investigation called Operation Safety Net.

All six face conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to distribute. More charges could still be filed.

Four suspects were arraigned in federal court Monday. They are Sandy Bryson, 51, Candice Crouch, 20, Dustin Crouch, 26, and Mandy McGhee, 37.

A fifth suspect is in jail on unrelated charges right now and the sixth person was just arrested Tuesday afternoon.

All six are accused of buying dozens of forged prescriptions for drugs including oxycodone, percocet and vicodin. Prosecutors say they filled the prescription at several Dayton pharmacies then sold the drugs on the streets.

“Prescription drug addiction is a very serious problem in Ohio and we will not tolerate those who traffic pills into our neighborhoods to feed that addiction,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine. “I commend the local, state, and federal authorities who have been working throughout the past several months to shut this operation down.”

The two people suspected of creating the prescriptions were arrested back in November and federally charged. They are Kettering residents Christian Fannon, 34, and Amanda Pappert, 40.

DeWine says he does not expect any more arrests.

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