UPDATED: Friday, July 20, 2012 - 3:02pm
WACO -- It all began eight months ago when 42-year-old Shelly Lanae Davis made her first known attempt to obtain a forged prescription refill for the painkiller hydrocodone at the Wal-Mart pharmacy on Hewitt Drive in Waco.
"Sometimes she would use her name sometimes she would use other names. Eventually the pharmacist started realizing what was going on," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Waco P.D.
Waco police arrested Davis on Thursday night.
She already had an active warrant from Robinson police for the same type of incident and after looking further into the case, officers discovered eleven incidents where Davis had obtained the drugs illegally.
"She did have some knowledge in how to go about phoning in prescriptions and where she could obtain names and things like that to be able to call in prescriptions," said Swanton.
Officials tell us Davis would get anywhere from 30 to 60 pills per trip and when an abuser gets a hold of that many painkillers it then becomes a public safety issue.
"They're abusing them at work. They're abusing them when they're out driving around town, which can lead to injuring or hurting other people," said Swanton.