Eleven people have been arrested in connection with "pharmacy shopping" at several area businesses during the past few weeks.
Investigators with the Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team looked into the use of forged signatures on prescription pads, which were used to fraudulently obtain prescription medications, according to a news release issued Monday.
After obtaining the medications, the suspects would sell them for a profit on the black market - especially pain medications such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, the news release says.
Members of the Crime Suppression Team - a joint effort between the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office and Statesboro Police Department - discovered during their investigation that some forged prescriptions also were turning up in the Atlanta area, so they reached out to detectives in the metro Atlanta area for assistance, according to the release.
On Thursday, Crime Suppression Team members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Grove on Brampton Avenue based on authorities described as the sale of marijuana and prescription pills from there.
Jamaal McClearin, 22, was charged with two counts of sale of marijuana and one count each sale of a schedule IV drug, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and giving false information to law enforcement. David Banks, 19, was charged with sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Both men, with addresses at The Grove, were booked into the Bulloch County Jail.
The same day, team members executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Thomkin Drive, based on what officers described as drug sales from the residence. Jared Bamberg, 21, of the residence, was charged with sale of marijuana and booked into jail.
Team members also executed a search warrant at a mobile home in Eagle Trace Mobile Home Park on U.S. Highway 301 South based on what the team described as sales of methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine from the residence.
Dexter Adams, 27, was charged with two counts each of sale of meth and sale of marijuana and one count each of possession of cocaine and possession/use of a drug-related object. Christopher Adams, 31, and Daniel Mikell, 23, were each charged with possession/use of a drug-related object. Mikell also was wanted for a probation violation. All of these suspects, with addresses in the mobile home park, were taken to the jail.
Finally, also on Thursday, Crime Suppression Team members executed a search warrant at an apartment in The Lodge of Statesboro on Institute Street. Officers had received several complaints concerning drug sales and use, prostitution and other quality-of-life issues, according to the news release.
Marie White Gibson, 36, of Miller Street Extension; Robert Lee Light, 34, of North Foss Street; and Keysha Smith, 42, of Spruce Street were found in the one-bedroom apartment, along with "numerous drug-related objects used to smoke crack cocaine," the news release says. They were each charged with possession/use of a drug-related object and were served notices not to return to The Lodge, or else face arrest for criminal trespass.
The tenant of the apartment, Donald Williams, 58, arrived while the search was being conducted, and he was charged with maintaining a disorderly house, the release says.
All four were taken to the jail for processing.