LINDEN – Police arrested a 31-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. man who allegedly tried to fill a phony prescription for promethazine with codeine, a cough suppressant that can be used to make an illegal recreational drug known as “purple drank.”
Officers responded to the Walgreens on East St. George Avenue at 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, where the pharmacist told them that Nathaniel Anthony Severe tried to fill the prescription. The pharmacist contacted the issuing physician and was told that the prescription was fraudulent, according to police.
Severe tried to walk out of the store after police arrived, but he was detained by Officer Javier Perez. When Perez notified the suspect that he was under arrest, Severe allegedly tried to run out of the store. Perez tackled him and subdued him, but the officer suffered an injury to his groin area and was taken to Overlook Hospital for medical treatment.
Severe was charged with forgery and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $4,000.
As with all criminal defendants, Severe is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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