Modesto, CA – A mother from Modesto was arrested Sunday when she sold prescription medication to undercover officers, and had her son participate in the drug transaction.
The Modesto Narcotic Enforcement Team (MNET) of the Modesto Police Department received an anonymous tip about the possible sales of prescription medication on the popular website craigslist.org. The ad listed the prescription cold medication Promethazine for sale in Modesto. Investigators from MNET responded to the ad and arranged to meet the suspect to purchase the prescription medication.
Pamela Guerrero, 33-years-old of Modesto, drove to a Modesto business parking lot and met with an undercover officer. Guerrero brought along her 13-year-old son to the meeting. When the undercover officer began talking to Guerrero, she had her son show the officer the Promethazine and then provided the officer with several bottles of the medication.
Shortly after, Guerrero was taken into custody and arrested for sales of prescription medication along with felony child endangerment. She was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. The son was released to a family member.
“It’s a dangerous situation for a juvenile to be in” said Sgt. Rea of MNET. “We arrest people who show up to drug deals armed all of the time, and this could have very well been someone else trying to rob Guerrero and her son”, he said.
Promethazine is a commonly abused prescription medication, especially amongst high school and college aged persons. Subjects who abuse this drug will commonly mix the Promethazine in carbonated beverages to consume it. The effects are similar to drinking alcohol, but usually much more severe. People who abuse this medication are at high risk for overdose and serious injury.
When Guerrero was speaking to the undercover officer she indicated she would have more Promethazine within a couple days. MNET has seen a common trend of people having access to large amounts of prescription medication through their doctor, and turning around to sell it for a profit. “We want to remind doctors to be cautious with their patients, to monitor the repeat customers looking for the same medication week after week” said Sgt. Rea. “We will continue to seek out those selling prescription medication on the street, but we also want to limit the supply to these dealers”, he said.
The Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team encourage anyone to contact them regarding any drug related questions or concerns. As always citizens can contact Crime Stoppers to report this activity. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.