Police: Phony oxycodone Rx prompts arrest of Kingsport woman

Rain Smith • Feb 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

A Kingsport woman has been arrested for allegedly attempting to obtain nearly 200 oxycodone with a phony prescription, with police saying further investigation has now linked her to several additional drug fraud cases.

Leslie J. Powell, 35, of 6802 East Carters Valley Road, was originally arrested Saturday on one count of forgery and one count of attempt to obtain narcotics by fraud. As Powell was being booked jail personnel reportedly located a prescription bottle containing several pills "hidden on her person"—prompting an additional charge of introduction of narcotics into a penal facility.

On Feb. 9 police were contacted by employees of Walgreens on East Stone Drive. According to an arrest record, a pharmacy tech and pharmacist reported Powell had dropped off a prescription for 180 Oxycodone, 30 mg potency, written on a doctor's pad from Wellmont Medical Associates in Abingdon, Va.

The police report says pharmacy personnel recognized Powell due to previous forgeries, involving the same narcotic and alleged doctor's precription. Officers responded to the pharmacy and took Powell into custody at the scene, then transferred her to the city jail.

A KPD detective says Powell has refused to detail how she obtained the prescription pad from the physician's office in Abingdon. Over the past week investigators have reportedly uncovered additional drug fraud incidents involving Powell, prompting additional charges.

Powell is currently charged with five counts of forgery, two counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud and three counts of attempting to obtain narcotics by fraud. She is held in the Sullivan County jail in Blountville on a $7,500 bond.

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