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Man charged with prescribing own medicine

Published 1:23pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Danville man has been accused of prescribing his own medicines at local pharmacies and then picking  up the subscriptions wearing military uniforms.

Justin Lee Wright of 514 Hopewell Road in Danville was arrested April 3 and charged with two counts of attempt to commit a controlled substance crime, unlawful possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Morgan County Jail on a $15,300 bond.

On Wed., April 3, the Morgan County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the residence located at 514 Hopewell Rd. in Danville and executed felony arrest warrants for Wright.

The task force obtained information that Wright had been calling pharmacies in Morgan County, impersonating doctors and prescribing hydrocodone and other controlled substances for himself.

Agents went to several local pharmacies in the Hartselle and Decatur area and learned Wright had called at least five pharmacies within Morgan County and had made at least 8 to 10 fake or false prescription to those pharmacies for hydrocodone and other controlled substances.

Justin Lee Wright
Justin Lee Wright

On April 3, agents alleged that Wright had placed a call for a prescription to be filled in his mother’s name at Walgreen’s Pharmacy for hydrocodone. Agents determined that Wright picked the prescription up before a meeting with his probation officer with Morgan County Community Corrections.

Agents had also learned that Wright had been presenting himself as law enforcement as well as a captain with the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers and would wear military uniforms when picking up his prescription.

Agents while executing warrant at the residence located a military uniform in the vehicle driven by Wright with captain insignia displayed upon it along with a military care package addressed to “Capt. Justin Lee Wright.”

Family members told law enforcement that Wright has never been a service member of any military branch.

Agents discovered hydrocodone that was falsely prescribed on April 3 for his mother in vehicle driven by suspect during execution of search warrant.

Agents are still following up on other leads and are expecting more felony arrest warrants to come along with possibly felony warrants for the arrest of other individuals involved in making false calls to prescribe controlled substances on the behalf of Wright.


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