Attempts to fill forged prescriptions in Cleveland have led to the arrest of five Atlanta-area residents, according to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.
A news release said a man presented a forged prescription for Promethazine with codeine at a local pharmacy on Saturday.
Law enforcement was notified and tried to stop the suspect's vehicle, eventually blockading the road after the driver ignored lights and sirens.
The release identified James Alexander Bloodworth, 22, of Decatur, Ga., as the man who dropped off the prescription and Jordan Bernardo Cornelius, 22, of Atlanta, as the one who came later to pick it up.
Both are charged with prescription fraud and conspiracy to commit prescription fraud. Bloodworth, the driver, is charged with felony evading and aggravated assault.
Agents say he has drug charges pending in Spartanburg, S.C.
Tenth Judicial District Drug Task Force Chief Bill Cherry said in the release that the arrests demonstrate the growing problem of prescription fraud cases by people traveling to Bradley County from metro Atlanta and other areas.
In an earlier investigation, agents arrested a man and two women when they tried to pick up a fraudulent prescription for the same medication, a Schedule 5 controlled narcotic prescribed by doctors as a pain reliever and cough suppressant, the release stated.
Ashley Monte Tindley, 28, of Decatur, Ga.; Charles R. Brown, 32; and Reshunda Naequn Singleton, 28, whose hometowns were not released, were charged with conspiracy to commit prescription fraud and two counts of prescription fraud.