Tewksbury Police charge a man after an alleged attempt to pass a fake prescription leads to a major drug bust


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I ANDRE RUSS, 28, FROM DORCHESTER, was arrested and charged with attempting to pass false prescriptions, drug trafficking and other offenses after he allegedly attempted to pass a false prescription at a Tewksbury pharmacy. (Tewskbury Police Department booking photo)

TEWKSBURY – Chief Ryan M. Columbus reports that a man was arrested and charged Wednesday night after allegedly attempting to place fraudulent prescriptions at a local pharmacy and for allegedly trafficking more than 756 grams of codeine.

I ANDRE RUSS, 28, FROM DORCHESTER was arrested and charged with:

  • Trafficking over 200 grams of a Class A substance (codeine)
  • Uttering a false prescription (two counts)
  • Provide fake ID to law enforcement
  • Possession of a false RMV document (two counts)
  • Possession with intent to distribute a Category B substance (two counts)
  • Possession of a Class E substance
  • fugitive from justice

On Wednesday January 12 at around 6pm, Tewksbury Police responded to a report of a man attempting to place a fake prescription at CVS Pharmacy, 10 Main St.

Officers responded and located a male suspect – later identified as RUSSIAN – still in store.

RUSSIAN was identified as the person who allegedly tried to place a fake prescription and had already tried to get another fake prescription on December 30, 2021 at the same store. RUSSIAN was taken into custody at the scene.

A subsequent search of a vehicle RUSSIAN had driven revealed bottles containing more than 756 grams of apparent codeine – an opiate derivative – two bottles of apparent azithromycin tablets, a total of 49 apparent oxycodone tablets, false identification from Massachusetts with a photo of RUSSIAN and someone else’s name, two bags of marijuana edibles, and 21 credit cards in other people’s names.

More than $1,000 in cash was found on RUSSIAN also.

The police also learned that RUSSIAN was wanted on three arrest warrants, two from Boston and one from Broward County, Florida.

“I want to thank the CVS Pharmacy staff members who called us immediately upon detecting what appeared to be a fraudulent attempt to obtain a prescription,” Chief Columbus said. “Accurate and timely information from businesses and members of the public is an essential tool in our efforts to keep Tewksbury safe.”

RUSSIAN was held without bond pending arraignment Thursday in Lowell District Court.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.

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