A Woodstock man wanted by Cherokee drug task force agents since multiple indictments were issued in an alleged prescription drug fraud ring last fall was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Cherokee County jail.

According to jail records, Keegan Jarrard Patrick, 31, of Woodstock was charged with: one count of racketeering; two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by forgery; one count of possession of drugs with intent to distribute; 10 counts of identification fraud; 10 counts of forgery; violation of probation. According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker, Patrick is also wanted by authorities in Hall County.

“The investigation involved fraudulent prescriptions being filled at pharmacies in Cherokee, Cobb and Hall Counties at pharmacies such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid and Sam’s Club between the dates of May 2016 and May 2017 compromising doctors and nurse practitioners. The drugs obtained range from Oxycodone, Vyvanse, Xanax and Phentermine,” said Phil Price, commander of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad. “One of the primary routes for opioids to get in the hands of addicts is for criminals to work in organized rings to pass fraudulent and fictitious prescriptions to obtain the medicine that legitimate patients must rely on for relief.”

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations. Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the Woodstock Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Ball Ground Police Department, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit and the Georgia State Patrol.

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Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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