Resident calls police, gets arrestedPublished 12:03am Wednesday, January 8, 2014
VIDALIA — A Vidalia resident originally filing a complaint of stolen medication Monday with Vidalia Police Department officers wound up behind bars, along with the Ferriday resident she was filing the complaint against.
Vidalia Police Chief Arthur Lewis said officers responded to a call of stolen medication Monday afternoon at the house of Shaunda L. Mendoza, 35, 709 Walnut St.
Mendoza filed a complaint with the officers saying that her cousin, Lindsay Nicole Myers, had stolen her prescription medication.
“During the course of the investigation, the officers found (Myers) at Walmart and made contact with her,” Lewis said. “The officers brought her back to the police station and continued asking her about the situation.”
Myers told officers she had not stolen any medications, but instead there was an agreement between the two where Myers would pay for Mendoza to visit the doctor and get a prescription filled, Lewis said.
“In return, (Mendoza) was supposed to get half the bottle,” Lewis said. “(Mendoza) apparently didn’t get half the bottle and that’s why she called to file the report.
“We realized there were greater charges in play, so the investigation continued.”
After further questioning, Lewis said Mendoza and Myers eventually admitted to the entire plan.
Lewis said officers also realized during the events earlier in the day, Myers was in a car with three children, one of which was hers.
Myers, 26, 490 Lincoln Ave., Ferriday, was charged with possession of scheduled IV and three counts of improper supervision of juveniles. Bond was set at $27,500 for Myers, who remains in custody at the Concordia Parish jail.
Mendoza was charged with filing a false police report. She was released on $1,000 bond Tuesday.
Lewis said the matter is still under investigation.