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Marc Burke, Sioux Falls, S.D., charged with trying to acquire codeine using forged prescriptions

Marc Burke, 47, Sioux Falls, S.D., is charged in district court in Minot with three counts of Class C felony attempt to acquire a controlled substance using a forged prescription.

According to court documents in one of the cases, Burke had gone to the CVS Pharmacy on May 22 and tried to fill a prescription for 33 mg of codeine. The prescription was forged, using the name of a doctor who does not work in Minot. A pharmacist was suspicious because the fax number of the clinic on the form was also incorrect. The prescription was on paper which is no longer common practice.

Pharmacies have been warned by law enforcement to watch for first time customers with no insurance who attempt to fill prescriptions for codeine.

Burke allegedly used forged prescriptions to try to fill a prescription on two other occasions on May 22.

Burke was located and detained. He told police that he is homeless and he had been approached by a group who offered him money to come to North Dakota to pick up prescriptions for them.

Burke is being held at the Ward County Jail on the felony charges and on no bond regarding a parole violation in South Dakota.

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