Clinton Police and MBN partner to combat growing problem
On March 13, 2017, the Clinton Police Department (CPD) responded to the CVS Pharmacy located at 801 U.S. Highway 80 East in Clinton, Mississippi in regards to a possible prescription fraud in progress. As the CPD Officers arrived on scene, two (2) suspects, Ranisha Longstreet and James Love, were sitting in a parked vehicle on the South side of the pharmacy.
A CPD Detective entered the pharmacy and arrested Longstreet’s husband, Anthony Beverly.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that Ranisha Longstreet had been employed at a hospital in Rankin County, Mississippi and is suspected of having stolen several blank prescriptions over an extended period of time. Anthony Beverly is suspected of forging the prescriptions, using various names as patient information.
This particular method of prescription fraud is known to the CPD and so far, it was determined that the three suspects have had filled, over two thousand six hundred seventy (2,670) dosage units of Hydrocodone / Acetaminophen.
The CPD began working the investigation in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) due to the volume of controlled substance having been obtained fraudulently and possibly distributed by this particular group of suspects.
On the morning of 03-15-2017, the CPD and MBN executed a document search warrant at the residence of Longstreet and Beverly at 1037-B Whitworth Street in Jackson, Mississippi.
Inside, agents recovered consistent evidence indicating that Longstreet had been stealing blank prescriptions from her employer. Agents expect that the investigation will divulge additional patient names used by Longstreet and Beverly to forge the fraudulent prescriptions and expect the pill dosage count to grow, significantly.
All three (3) suspects are currently each being held on a $250,000 bond. MBN Pharmaceutical Diversion agents will continue this investigation. Individuals with information regarding this case or other cases of prescription fraud can contact the Clinton Police Department at (601) 924-5252.