Woman arrested on prescription drug charges

January 23, 2001|By Jamie Manfuso | Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF

A Frederick County woman accused of trying to buy prescription drugs by using a false name was arrested at a Woodbine pharmacy and charged with several counts, the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies arrested Sue Ellen Luckenbaugh, 38, of New Market after a woman tried to purchase the anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax at King's Pharmacy under an assumed name, they said.

Workers at the pharmacy had complained to authorities last week after receiving phone calls requesting Xanax from a woman who said she worked for a local physician. After an investigation found that the doctor did not make the requests for the drug, deputies identified a suspect through phone records and set up surveillance at the pharmacy Friday. A pharmacist signaled to deputies after completing a sale to Luckenbaugh, who was arrested at the scene.

After obtaining a search warrant, deputies found unprescribed prescription drugs at Luckenbaugh's residence.

Luckenbaugh was charged with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, three counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, one count of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by false identification, and three counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by impersonation of a practitioner.

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