GREENFIELD, Ind. - Two Indianapolis women face long lists of felony drug charges in Hancock County, as investigators say they were dealing fake drugs and might’ve duped addicts across central Indiana.
Greenfield Police report they tried to pass the over-the-counter acetaminophen (known as Tylenol) as the narcotic Percocet in drug deals.
“It’s like theft,” said Major Derek Towle, with Greenfield Police.
Police call it an uncommon crime but still one that carries stiff penalties.
“If you make a drug and you advertise it as one, and you sell something that’s not that, you get charged the same as what you’re trying to sell,” he said.
Police tracked 25-year-old Sierra Fields and 27-year-old Nicole Haney in undercover drug buys.
In a buy on June 1, referenced in court documents, the two tried to sell the pills in a cash deal. They were promptly caught and arrested.
Haney faces ten counts in all, including two charges of dealing in a look-a-like substance, four charges of dealing a substance represented as a controlled substance, one charge of criminal gang activity, one charge of corrupt business influence, one charge of maintaining a common nuisance, and one misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license.
Sierra fields faces six counts, including two charges of dealing in a look-a-like substance, three charges of dealing a substance represented as a controlled substance, and one charge of criminal gang activity.
Towle said the two are lucky their bad deals didn’t turn violent when addicts realized the pills were fakes.
“You could get yourself in trouble real fast,” he said, “People don’t like to be duped or have their money taken from them.”
Towle said 20 to 30 Percocet tablets can go for roughly 100 dollars on the street, and Percocet can resemble acetaminophen.
Investigators believe the two traveled around the area selling the fake pills and had to move on when they got found out.
“Eventually, these people are going to find out that these folks don’t sell good narcotics, and they won’t be used any longer, so they’ll move around a little bit to get people to constantly have a new supply for them.”
According to court paperwork, the fiancé of Nicole Haney was involved in one of the drug buys. Investigators said charges against him are likely.
They’re currently working to determine where the two suspects may have sold the fake drugs across central Indiana.
Both had first appearances in Hancock County court scheduled for Friday afternoon.