November 21, 2011 —
On Tuesday November 15, 2011 Detectives from the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office apprehended members of an illegal prescription drug ring from the Bronx who attempted to obtain Oxycodone pills at the Rock Hill Pharmacy.
“The Pharmacy became suspicious of the prescription and attempted to call the telephone number listed on it”, said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “The call got forwarded to a cell phone voice mail system” he said. The Pharmacy was able to look up the DEA number listed on the prescription and contact the clinic at the correct phone number.
Staff at the clinic had never heard of the patient listed on the prescription which led the Pharmacy to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Detectives staked out the Rock Hill Pharmacy and around 2:00 PM, when the suspects returned to pick up their prescription, they were taken into custody. The prescription was filled for 150 Oxycodone pills.
Arrested were Cherrise Means, 55, Julio Ortiz, 30, and Marion Ting, 33, all of the Bronx. All three were charged with Conspiracy. Means and Tingman were charged with Felony Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. Tingman was also charged with False Personation and Means was also charged with Forgery 2nd degree.
Julio Ortiz was sent to the Sullivan County jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. Cherrise Means and Marion Tingman were remanded without bail. Detectives are continuing their investigation.