An Illinois man accused of forging as many as 100 narcotic prescriptions remains behind bars in Nashville Monday night.
Agents with the 18th Judicial Task Force said Darrel Elem and his accomplices, LaShaen Bass Jr. and Tevin Williams, broke into a major medical complex in Missouri and stole prescription books from four doctors, one of which passed away four months ago.
The trio had allegedly been traveling in a Volkswagen from Missouri to Middle Tennessee writing their own prescriptions prior to their arrest.
A recent video shows Elem and his girlfriend passing forged prescriptions for codeine at a Goodlettsville pharmacy located right across the street from the police station.
Detective Stan Hilgadiack said the couple then went to a second pharmacy located on the Sumner County side of Goodlettsville in an effort to fill another forged prescription.
After copying Elem's driver's license, the pharmacist said he would have to check the prescription before filling it.
Elem and his accomplices were all taken into police custody Friday.
Authorities said it was just a matter of time before Elem was caught since they knew the type of car he was traveling in and had video of him getting the medications filled.
"Working together you solve a lot more cases. Putting out information to each other we can put bad people in jail and get them off the street," Hilgadiack said.
Elem is being held without bond for investigators in Missouri. One doctor has since said that Elem is not a patient and the signatures on the prescriptions are not his.
He and his accomplices are charged with possession of Schedule III drugs and other crimes associated with the multi-state case.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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