Man popped after allegedly altering prescription in Aspen
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – A man was in the custody of Pitkin County Jail on Friday on both an immigration hold and pending charges that he faked a prescription to obtain an excess number of pills from Carl’s Pharmacy in Aspen.
Alejandro Marquez-Mendoza, 29, was advised of two felony charges of fraud and deceit Friday in the chambers of District Judge James Boyd. Boyd set his bond at $100,000.
Authorities say he fudged a prescriptions to reflect he was due 40 pills of Valium and 40 pills of Percocet. He was arrested Thursday, shortly after a Carl’s employee suspected something was awry because a natural number on the prescription had been altered to 40, while the Roman numeral of 20 stayed the same. The employee later contacted the prescribing doctor, who confirmed it was actually a prescription for 20 pills, police said.
The employee explained to police that “doctors tend to use both natural numbers and Roman numerals to make it harder to alter,” according to an affidavit for a warrantless arrest prepared by Aspen Police officer Casey Ward.
When confronted by authorities, Marquez-Mendoza said his back hurt and 20 pills wouldn’t do the job, police said.
While bond is typically $50,000 for the fraud and deceit charges, Boyd doubled the amount because of a warrant issued against Marquez-Mendoza on April 6, in Garfield County, for similar charges from a separate incident.
Additionally, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer was placed on the suspect, who is believed to be in the country illegally, after Thursday’s arrest. Marquez-Mendoza is due back Pitkin County District Court on Monday for further proceedings.
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