Three arrested in connection with fake prescriptions for codeine

Three Portland men are in the Ada County Jail on charges that they tried to use fake prescriptions to buy codeine cough syrup at six different drug stores across Ada County on Tuesday.

Fuad A. Mohamed, 24, is charged with felony criminal conspiracy, computer crime and forgery. Devontae J. Ahmed, 22, and Abdullhi S. Abdulkadir, 23, are both charged with obtaining a controlled substance by deception.

Detectives began their investigation early Tuesday evening when a Boise-area pharmacist called to report he just received a fake prescription for cough syrup, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports. Detectives trace the trio across six drug stores, eventually stopping them at a pharmacy in Meridian, ACSO reports.

Detectives found a computer and printer in the car used to make the fake prescriptions, along with several printed prescriptions in various stages of completion, according to a news release. Mohamed is charged in connection with those prescriptions. The other two are accused of going into the pharmacies and trying to fill the fraudulent prescriptions.

Detectives believe the trio were trying to get as many bottles of codeine cough syrup as possible so they could sell them in the Portland area, according to the news release. The crime of obtaining a controlled substance by deception is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.