Portage la Prairie, Manitoba – On February 12, 2021, at approximately 1:35 pm, Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of a possible prescription forgery at a pharmacy located on Saskatchewan Avenue in Portage la Prairie.
Officers attended to the pharmacy and were advised that a 30-year-old male had dropped off a prescription to be filled for a liquid cough medication containing codeine, which is classified as an opioid and is highly addictive. The pharmacist contacted the prescribing physician and was advised that the prescription had been forged.
While officers were speaking with the pharmacist, they were informed that the suspect had just attempted to have a prescription filled for the same product at another pharmacy located in Portage la Prairie. The suspect’s prescription was denied and he left the store in a silver-coloured SUV.
The description of the vehicle was provided to officers, and it was located travelling westbound on Highway 1.
Badal Kaahin Kaafi, of Edmonton, AB, was arrested and taken into custody. A search of the vehicle located two bottles of the same medication, which had been dispensed at a pharmacy in Winnipeg.
The accused was remanded into custody on charges of Possession of an Opioid for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of a Forged Document. He is scheduled to appear in court later today in Portage la Prairie.
“We are really glad that the employee at the pharmacy followed their instinct and contacted police,” said S/Sgt Rob Vachon of the Portage la Prairie RCMP Detachment. “Without the diligence of that employee, this individual may have gone undetected and that medication could have made it out on the street.”
Portage la Prairie RCMP continue to investigate.
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