Jamir Ervin, 20, of New Castle faces four counts

State police have arrested a New Castle man for allegedly using fraudulent prescriptions at multiple pharmacy locations throughout New Castle County, including two in Middletown.

The investigation began on Monday, Nov. 13, when members of the Drug Diversion Unit responded to the First State Pharmacy on Foulk Road in Wilmington regarding a man who was attempting to obtain a prescription for promethazine with codeine.

The prescription was purportedly prescribed by a New York physician; however, pharmacy staff were able to confirm that the man, later identified as Jamir Ervin, 20, of New Castle, was not under the doctor's care, and that the prescription was fraudulent.

Promethazine, which is widely abused, is a common cough syrup and requires a prescription.

Detectives contacted Ervin inside the pharmacy, as he attempted to obtain the prescription, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Based on further investigative leads, Ervin was linked to three other similar incidents, which occurred between Oct. 10 and Nov. 13, at this same First State Pharmacy, as well as the Walmart in Middletown at 705 Middletown-Warwick Road, and the Rite Aid at 455 W. Main St., Middletown.

Ervin was transported to Troop 2 where he was arrested and charged with four counts of obtaining/attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery or deception and one count of second-degree conspiracy.

Ervin was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released on $10,000 unsecured bond.