Redfield police arrest man with forged prescription

A report that a man was attempting to get a Schedule III narcotic without a prescription at a pharmacy in Redfield on Friday resulted in the man’s arrest.

Ernest Smith, 47, allegedly told Redfield Police Detective Teri Patterson that he was given the prescription by a man he was riding with and asked to take it the pharmacy. Smith also allegedly said he didn’t know the man.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday that Redfield police were called by a clerk at Redfield Pharmacy about the forged prescription. Kizer said pharmacy personnel told police they had contacted the doctor, who confirmed that the prescription was a forgery.

Patterson said in a probable-cause affidavit that she also talked to the doctor about the prescription, and the doctor said he didn’t write it.

Kizer said Smith had multiple failures to appear and a record in the Arkansas Crime Information Center dating back to 1996.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000b bond for Smith after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with forgery.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Smith, and told him to come back to court June 10.