Tiverton police bust couple for fake prescription gambit

Matthew Poirier, 33, waited in car while female companion went into pharmacy, allegedly with fake script. Matthew Poirier, 33, waited in car while female companion went into pharmacy, allegedly with fake script.

Matthew Poirier, 33, waited in car while female companion went into pharmacy, allegedly with fake script.

TIVERTON — At 7:06 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, a caller reported a suspicious car parked in the lot at the Rite Aid pharmacy at 677 Main Road. It was all downhill after that for a Warwick couple in the car, and their passenger, the owner of the car with a suspended license.

When police arrived, they found what Tiverton Police Lieutenant Patrick Jones said was “drug paraphernalia throughout the car, in plain view,” that included needles and heroin.

The driver, Matthew Poirier, 33, of Warwick, was found to be wanted under a Cranston arrest warrant  (allegedly for passing a fraudulent prescription back in June), and was charged.

Police determined that Mr. Poirier had waited in the car after sending Jacqueline Wandler, 24, a passenger, into the Rite Aid pharmacy with the fake script.

When questioned, said Lt. Jones, both Mr. Poirier and Ms. Wandler implicated each other.

Jacqueline Wandler, 24, allegedly went into pharmacy with fake script, and was assaulted when she returned empty-handed

Ms. Wandler admitted the two were “were trying to pass counterfeit prescriptions,” Lt. Jones said. She alleged she had returned to the car after unsuccessfully attempting to obtain oxycodone in the pharmacy, using a fake prescription, and that Mr. Poirier got upset and assaulted her when she didn’t get what he had sent her in for.

In addition to the charges under the outstanding warrant, Mr. Poirier was charged at 11:20 p.m. with assault, with false representation to obtain a controlled substance, and with conspiracy. Police at 9:32 p.m. charged Ms. Wandler only with false representation to obtain a controlled substance.

The third occupant of the vehicle, the registered owner, was not charged, although because he had suspended license he was not allowed to drive his vehicle home from the Tiverton police station where he had remained while his two companions were formally charged.

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