El Paso woman behind bars for illegally obtaining prescription meds


POSTED: Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:54pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 8:26am

Yvonne Yvette Sanchez, 38, is originally from El Paso.

She's only been in the Rio Grande Valley for a couple of weeks, but now, she is facing multiple counts of prescription drug fraud charges after San Juan police discovered she was illegally obtaining various medications.

"She would phone-in multiple prescriptions to multiple pharmacies throughout the Valley using [an El Paso doctor's] prescription DEA number assigned to him, " explained Sgt. Rolando Garcia with the San Juan police department.

At this time, investigators aren't sure how Sanchez got a hold of the doctor's DEA number, but with it, she was able to get a wide selection of prescription drugs like hydrocodine, Xanax, and other strong pain killers.

"This case in particular is very important to us because we don't know if Sanchez was actually selling or using these prescription medications," said Garcia.

This isn't Sanchez's first run-in with the law--she faces similar charges with the El Paso DEA for prescription drug fraud.

As for San Juan, Sgt. Garcia says they're seeing an increase in juveniles caught with prescription medication.

"The danger with that is that prescriptions are generally prescribed out to people by weight and what have you," Garcia said.  "So when they get to kids that may be 80 pounds, you know, the milligram and the dosage is for someone that's 250 [pounds], it could cause an overdose."

Investigators are getting a search warrant for Sanchez's phone to determine if she was selling the pills.

If so, she will face additional charges for illegally vending prescription drugs.

Sanchez was charged with three counts prescription fraud, four counts attempted prescription fraud, and one count possession of a controlled substance.

Her bond is set at $200,000 for all eight charges.

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