Rentz arrested, charged for selling prescription pills

Published 11:27 pm Friday, August 22, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Bainbridge Public Safety arrested Steven Gregory Rentz, 48, after a two-week investigation into Rentz obtaining controlled substances through fraudulent means and distributing them.

Rentz was charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and 13 counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraudulent means.

Before the arrest, BPS obtained pharmacy records from CVS and Bainbridge Pharmacy, according to the incident report. There are seven dates on which Rentz fraudulently obtained Zolpidem, or Ambien, from CVS spanning from December of 2012 until May 2014. There are six other dates on which Rentz fraudulently obtained Hydrocodone from Bainbridge Pharmacy spanning from February to July of 2014.

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Bainbridge Public Safety Investigator Chip Nix was unable to reveal exactly how Rentz obtained the prescription drugs because the investigation is still open, but the incident report states that Rentz obtained the drugs fraudulently under his wife’s name without her knowledge or consent.

Nix arrested Rentz at the Kangaroo Express on Highway 84 where Rentz was allegedly going to sell the five Adderall pills he had on his person.

According to the incident report, “Rentz subsequently admitted to possessing the Adderall … with the intent to distribute. Rentz also admitted to obtaining controlled substances (Hydrocodone and Ambien) through fraudulent means for personal use and to sell.”

Nix said, “I’d like to make the public aware of the growing problem that we have with prescription abuse. It’s a controlled substance that can be a gateway to other stuff.”

Nix also urged residents to dispose of old or unused prescription drugs safely by taking them to BPS.