Ohio woman allegedly posed as officer to ‘inspect’ pain meds

Ohio

An Ohio woman is accused of following people home from a St. Clairsville pain clinic, pretending to be a police officer and telling them she needs to inspect their medications.

Belmont County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Forro says 45-year-old Marlese Lopez of Martins Ferry was arrested Wednesday on a felony count of impersonating a police officer. She’s being held without bond in the county jail.

Detective Ryan Allar says the infirmed and the elderly were targets of the scheme. He says patients were asked if they have any OxyContin, a highly addictive opioid used to treat pain. Allar says the victims who reported the impersonation told authorities they didn’t have their medication on them when Lopez approached.

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