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.