Woman, 33, arrested on prescription fraud charge Pain reliever sought

forgery suspected

December 20, 1996

County police arrested a Halethorpe woman at a Glen Burnie pharmacy Tuesday on charges of passing forged prescriptions for the powerful pain reliever Percocet.

Nikole Stephanie Halbert, 33, of the 1800 block of Selma Ave. was charged with obtaining drugs by fraud. She was arrested at the Revco pharmacy in the 7000 block of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Glen Burnie as she handed a pharmacist a prescription for Percocet.

Officer Glenn Michael Shanahan was doing surveillance at the drugstore about 8: 30 p.m. when he spotted a two-door BMW with Virginia tags that police thought had been used in previous attempts to pass forged prescriptions.

In several of those efforts, the suspect wore a neck brace and the prescription was issued to a Stephanie Pappas, police said.

The driver, who was wearing a neck brace, walked into the pharmacy, and Shanahan followed.

Inside, the woman handed a prescription to the pharmacist, who gave the detective a signal indicating that he recognized her. Shanahan examined the prescription the woman gave the pharmacist. It was for Percocet and was written to Stephanie Pappas.

Shanahan arrested the woman and seized her car.

Inside the car, police said, he found prescription blanks and sheets with practice prescriptions.

Police also found a prescription bottle of 50 Percocet tablets from another drugstore on Ritchie Highway.

The woman later admitted that she tried to pass the phony prescription at the Revco and that she had used the phony prescription to get the drugs from Drug Emporium before she went to Revco, police said.

Police Log

Ferndale: Someone cut the lock off a delivery truck parked in the 100 block of Penrod Court between midnight Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday and stole six fruit baskets, valued at $180, that were packaged for delivery.

Pub Date: 12/20/96

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