Glendora police make arrests related to prescription drug abuse, sales

GLENDORA — As a result of two unrelated search warrants, Glendora police have jailed three people in connection with prescription painkiller abuse and sales, officials said.
The first of the two warrants was carried out Wednesday afternoon at a home in the 2000 block of E. Palomar Drive, Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
Officers following up on an investigation into prescription drug sales spotted Chad Crist, 24, of Glendora in front of his home, allegedly in the process of selling hydrocodone pills to Justo Bernedo, 24, of Glendora, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
Upon searching Crist’s home, police found more than 900 painkiller pills, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, along with more than $1,000 in suspected drug profits, Summers said.
Crist was booked on suspicion of selling a controlled substance and released pending his initial court appearance after posting $30,000 bail, according to police and county booking records.
Bernedo was booked for possession of hydrocodone and released with a misdemeanor citation, police added.
In an unrelated case, police Thursday arrested a 22-year-old Glendora woman on suspicion of using stolen prescription forms and a series of 43 doctors and 18 pharmacies to obtain more than 80 bottles of a variety of painkillers, Summers said.
Glendora police, along with investigators from the California Department of Health Care Services, arrested Yolie Saunders in the 400 block of S. Forestdale Avenue.
Officials became suspicious of Saunders after physicians and pharmacists became suspicious of the prescriptions.
She was booked for obtaining controlled substances by fraud, passing forged prescriptions, identity theft and commercial burglary.
She was released from jail pending her initial court date after posting $50,000 bail, booking records show.
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