Stolen prescription pad leads to felony drug charges

Posted Aug. 01, 2011, at 9:23 p.m.
Jason Ludden
Courtesy of Bangor Police Department
Jason Ludden

BANGOR, Maine — Two Brewer residents are facing felony drug charges in connection with an attempt to acquire prescription drugs with a stolen prescription pad.

Jason Ludden, 32, and Jillian McCann, 31, both were charged with acquiring drugs by deception, a Class C felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday in a news release.

Edwards said that the charges stem from a investigation by Detective Dave Bushey that began Friday, when he was called to the Rite Aid pharmacy on Union Street to look into a report that a woman, later identified as McCann, was trying to fill a falsified prescription.

The prescription that McCann presented at the pharmacy was made out to Ludden and reportedly came from a pad stolen from a doctor’s office in Corinth, Edwards said.

The two were charged after Bangor police Officer Jamie Fanning found the suspects near the intersection of Union and Thirteenth streets and brought them back to the store for interviews.

Ludden, who was arrested on a Class C felony bail violation charge, made an initial appearance Monday at the Penobscot Judical Center, a jail official confirmed. He remained at Penobscot County Jail late Monday night, where he was being held pending another court appearance.

McCann was not arrested, Edwards said.

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