An attempt to fill a fraudulent prescription lands Fayetteville man in jail

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A 28-year-old Fayetteville man remained behind bars Monday afternoon charged with three drug-related felonies stemming from a fraudulent prescription law enforcement officers say he filled at a Roseboro pharmacy.

Rene Thomas Rittenhouse II, of 104 Conrad Court, Fayetteville, is facing two counts trafficking in opiates or heroin and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

According to Capt. Eric Pope, Rittenhouse was taken into custody after officers linked him to a probe which started after officials at Kerr Drug in Roseboro contacted authorities about the prescription fraud which involved painkillers.

“He apparently got the prescription filled,” Pope said, “and then officers were contacted. Through investigation, we took out a warrant for the suspect.”

Sampson authorities went to Fayetteville to make the arrest, assisted by Cumberland officers. “We can go anywhere and make an arrest for a felony,” Pope pointed out, “as long as we have assistance from law enforcement in that jurisdiction.”

Rittenhouse was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center where he was placed under a $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in District Court Friday.

His arrest was among a half-dozen or so drug-related incidents that county law enforcement officers investigated over the weekend, with marijuana, cocaine and crack among the controlled substances seized. Several were arrested. See those stories on Page A2 or A5 in today’s paper.

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