Police say the man in the picture Deaire Brown is responsible for a series of thefts, related to organized crime.
This story started with a string of robberies at drug stories throughout the Twin Tiers. Each of the crimes had the same M.O. the man would jump across the counter and steal a uniquely marked bottle of cough syrup.
Police are now saying that the drug stolen is called Promethazine with the opioid drug Codeine in it. That drug is then used to mix a concoction known on the streets as purple drink, lean, and sizzup.
Homeland Security and the FBI are connecting these local thefts to a larger scale operation to steal these drugs and sell the addictive mixture.
Pharmacies are taking measures and steps to ensure the protection of their stores and employees’ safety.
The Director of Systems for Pharmacies at Guthrie Medical Group said in a statement:
“The safety of our patients and staff members is a top priority for our pharmacy teams in both inpatient and clinical pharmacy settings at Guthrie. Our facilities have onsite security at all times, and each pharmacy is fitted with a panic alarm so that staff may summon immediate help if necessary. In addition, Guthrie conducts regular training on security procedures, and staff at our pharmacies use locked medication carts to transport medications within our facilities. Prescription medications can have devastating consequences when used in a way other than prescribed, and we are committed to strong security measures in order to keep our communities safe, particularly in light of recent pharmacy robberies.”
Some suspects have already been arrested and this investigation will now be federally prosecuted.
This story is developing and 18 News will continue to follow this case for updates.