Columbia man charged with forging Xanax prescriptions

Sold pills for $3,000 a month

September 16, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A 56-year old Columbia man was indicted Wednesday on charges that he used his laptop to forge prescriptions for Xanax, then sold the pills, earning about $3,000 a month.

Martin Edward Mullineaux, of the 8700 block Hayshed Lane, faces 15 counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and four charges of prescription forgery.

According to charging documents, a Costco pharmacist who spotted a forged prescription followed a man from the store July 29 and wrote down his vehicle license plate number. Police then matched store photos of the suspect with Mullineaux's Maryland driver's license photo.

Officers and federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents searched Mullineaux's apartment on August 26 and said they found a laptop, printer, prescription blank pad, $1,000 cash and several vials of Alprazolam, also known as Xanax, a drug used to fight anxiety, according to documents.

If convicted, Mullineaux could face a maximum fine of $375,000 and up to 68 years in prison.

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