Police arrest Mesa man for using forged prescriptions to obtain morphine, oxycodone

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police officers arrested a Mesa man after he attempted to obtain morphine from a Target pharmacy using a forged prescription.

On Monday, officers responded to the Target store at McClintock Drive and Baseline Road in Tempe after police received a call from the pharmacy reporting a man with a forged prescription.

The suspect was described as a tall, thin white male wearing a cap and a checkered shirt. Officers saw a person matching the suspect's description, who was later identified as William Sotomayor II, 33.

When Sotomayor saw the officers, he immediately began to walk away from the pharmacy then ran out of the store. Sotomayor was detained by officers in front of the business.

The pharmacist told the officers that they had previously received information from other Target locations that Sotomayor had obtained morphine using forged prescriptions at numerous pharmacies across the Valley.

The pharmacist recognized Sotomayor as he had prescriptions filled at the store in the past. When the prescription information was entered, the pharmacist received an alert and called the police.

The investigation revealed that Sotomayor had fraudulently obtained morphine and oxycodone in the past using forged prescriptions on 14 different occasions at the same Target location.

Sotomayor informed officers that he was on probation for similar crimes in the past. Sotomayor did not answer questions specific to this incident.

Sotomayor was arrested and transported to Tempe City Jail and is facing 15 counts of fraudulently obtaining narcotic drugs.