Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A Grove woman has been charged with 15 counts of buying boxes of cold tablets with false identification within a six-month period.

Pamela Michelle White, 44, of Grove, has been charged with 15 felony counts of obtaining (or attempting to obtain) controlled substance by forgery/fraud in District Court on August 16

The charges stem from an arrest made the same day.

According to the affidavit for arrest filed by Investigator Mike Eason with the 13th District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, White has a previous history of purchasing ephedrine/pseudoephedrine and has a case pending that involves a felony charge of obtaining controlled dangerous substance by fraud, filed on January 7 of this year.

Since February 18 of this year, White has purchased ephedrine/pseudoephedrine 15 times in both Wal-Mart stores in Jay and Grove and the Walgreens in Grove and has been denied purchase on three separate occasions.

On each purchase, the information on her flagged suspended drivers license listed the wrong address.

Purchasing procedure requires that the customer be asked if everything is correct on the identification provided and the customer has to sign for the pills.

Under state statute, it is illegal for anyone to falsify that information to obtain the drugs.

The ephedrine/pseudoephedrine law limits the purchase of the 30-day supply to 9.0 grams.

The cold pills are an ingredient used in the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

According to the affidavit, Investigator Eason received information that there was possible drug activity in a residence in Sunset Hills.

White was at that residence at the time and was asked about her purchase of the pills.

Investigator Eason told her that he had information she was supplying the “cooks.”

Records show that she stopped buying the cold pills for a period of a few months after her arrest, but then began purchasing the drugs again in February.

White was arrested and remains incarcerated on a $22,500 bond.