Man arrested for stealing blank prescription pads


El Centro Police arrested Ricardo Ibarra for stealing blank prescription paper from doctors offices.


“Along with Homeland Security, we started an investigation which we were able to develop that Ricardo Ibarra and his girlfriend Crystal Obeso was assisting him with passing fraudulent prescription,” El Centro Police Officer Aaron Messick said.

Police also arrested Crystal Obeso.


“We conducted some surveillance and we were able to detain Mr. Ibarra when was leaving a doctor’s office,” Messick said.

Messick says Ibarra was going to El Centro, Imperial and Brawley and passing these false prescriptions of Oxycodone.

“It is OK if you have a prescription.  However, it’s highly addictive and when people are hooked on it, they’ll do what it takes to get it and people that don’t have a prescriptions and who want the narcotic who are addicted to it will pay top dollar to get the pills,” Messick said.


He says this problem isn’t isolated.  It has been going on for many years in the valley and the lesson is that those pads need to be kept in a safe place.

Police booked Ibarra for burglary and conspiracy to possess stolen property and Obeso has been booked for conspiracy.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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