Erica R. Kasuboski, 26, Manawa, was charged with four felony counts of narcotics possession, and one count each of possession of an illegally obtained prescription drug and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
On Oct. 12, a Kmart pharmacist contacted Waupaca police about a forged prescription. He told Officer Robert Lewinski that a woman had come to the store with a prescription from the New London Family Medical Center for 90 Opana pills.
Opana is a brand name for oxymorphone, a powerful pain killer with narcotic side effects.
The woman offered to pay for the 90 pills with $600 in cash. However, the pharmacist had only 18 pills and stock and could not fill the prescription. The woman left, then returned and purchased a partially filled prescription, according to the criminal complaint.
Lewinski viewed a videotape from the store’s security camera and identified the woman as Kasuboski, based on his prior contacts with her when she lived in Waupaca.
The pharmacist called the physician who was supposed to have signed the prescription. the doctor denied writing the prescription and said Kasuboski was not his patient.
On Oct. 14. Waupaca Police Sgt. Brian Hoelzel, Manawa Police Chief David Walker and other officers executed a search warrant at Kasuboski’s residence. They reported finding oxycodone and methadone pills in her purse and a bottle of cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant.
Kasuboski told police that “Big Tim” gave her the prescription for Opana and the cash to purchase the drugs, according to the criminal complaint. Because it took so long to get the prescription, Kasuboski reportedly said that “Big Tim” took off.
She allegedly became concerned about the consequences of buying the drugs without a prescription and dumped them into a trash can at Brainerd Bridge Park. Police report finding a Kmart receipt and directions for taking Opana in the park’s trash can, but not the pills.
Kasuboski faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison if convicted of narcotics possession.