Tip from a Huntsville pharmacy leads to arrest of four in prescription fraud

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Huntsville and Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began receiving reports from pharmacies in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge about fraudulent prescriptions being submitted between Wednesday November 13 and Thursday November 14, 2019. Fraudsters were successful in obtaining hundreds of prescription opioids as a result.

Pharmacists and police were proactive in reaching out to other pharmacies in the area and shortly after 4:00 p.m. on November 14, a suspect was recognized by staff at a pharmacy in Huntsville while attempting to submit a prescription and police were called. The suspect attempted to enter a waiting vehicle but was located by police and arrested before he could get in. The vehicle fled but was stopped short distance away and three occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

Police have charged 23 year-old Ali KHATIB of Mississauga with the following:

Use, deals, acts on forged document CC368(1)(a)
Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid CDSA 5(1)
Fraud Under $5000 CC 380(1)(b)
Personation with Intent CC 403(1)(d)
Obstruct Peace Officer CC 129(a)
Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose CC 88
Fail to Comply with Recognizance CC 145(3)

Also charged is 24 year-old Zakaria ELMI of Mississauga with:

Use, deals, acts on forged document CC368(1)(a)
Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid CDSA 5(1)
Fraud Under $5000 CC 380(1)(b)
Personation with Intent CC 403(1)(d)
Obstruct Peace Officer CC 129(a)
Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose CC 88

Also charged is 24 year-old Christopher OYAWALE of Toronto with:

Use, deals, acts on forged document CC368(1)(a)
Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid CDSA 5(1)
Fraud Under $5000 CC 380(1)(b)
Dangerous Operation CC 320.13(1)
Flight from Peace Officer CC 320.17
Possession of Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose CC 88

Also charged is 23 year-old Twuan MCNEIL of North York with:

Use, deals, acts on forged document CC368(1)(a)
Traffick in Schedule I Substance – Opioid CDSA 5(1)
Fraud Under $5000 CC 380(1)(b)
Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose CC 88

All four accused parties appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge, ON for a bail hearing on November 15, 2019

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4 Comments

  1. They are probably out on bail. Would not want to deny them their rights.
    They are not criminals just misguided younger generation.
    When have our courts ever hand any backbone?
    Just look to Toronto to see how the bail system works. It’s a joke.
    There always is a first time. Lol.

  2. Crime pays in Canada! Consequences need to impact the perpetrator more and then MAYBE the incidence of street crime involving illegal guns and drugs will diminish.

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