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Buckhannon woman arrested for allegedly obtaining pain medication intended for deceased person

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested Friday after allegedly attempting to fill a prescription meant for someone who had passed away.

Skybluewater Keys, 43, was arrested for obtaining prescription by fraud, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Patrolman C.G. Cope with the Buckhannon Police Department on Friday, April 17, Cope was notified by the E911 Upshur County Communication Center about a drug-related tip.

The file says the tip came from a Bridgeport pain management doctor who stated Keys was allegedly attempting to fill a prescription for a pain medication, hydrocodone, a Schedule II drug, for a patient who had died March 19, 2020.

The doctor said that with Cope’s permission he would fill it, and after speaking with management, the doctor was advised to fill the medicine. According to the report, Cope and another officer conducted surveillance at separate locations, and both officers reportedly obtained visual evidence of the green van Key was allegedly said to be driving.

After watching Keys pick up the prescription, Cope pulled Keys over via a traffic stop and allegedly found her to be in possession of the prescription for a controlled narcotic.

Bail was set at $20,000.

The penalty for a conviction of obtaining a prescription by fraud is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than four years, a fine of up to $30,000 or both.

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