A Joint Investigation Leads to Several Arrests as Part of “Operation Sizzurp”

A joint investigation involving the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Drug Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit (SBI-DECU), the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Drug Diversion Squad (DEA-TDS), the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), the Monroe Police Department and the Locust Police Department has led to several arrests and dozens of charges as part of “Operation Sizzurp” which involves the use of a popular street drug cocktail known as “sizzurp” among other names.

The agencies involved with this investigation have charged seven suspects with a total of 37 felony charges that stem from criminal acts related to obtaining or attempting to obtain the controlled substance promethazine with codeine syrup used to make the popular street drug cocktail known as “sizzurp, purple drank, purple passion and lean.” The charges were filed in Mecklenburg, Union, Stanly, Iredell, Guilford, and Forsyth Counties.

The investigation began in June of 2020 after investigators were made aware by healthcare providers and pharmacies of the passing of fraudulent prescriptions throughout the state. The investigation led to the dismantling and disruption of a regional drug fraud network which stretched from Mecklenburg County to the Triad area. The suspects traveled across the state to pass these illegal prescriptions at numerous pharmacies. The names and identifications of multiple healthcare providers from different areas of the state were used in the creation of these fictitious prescriptions.

Below is a list of the individuals who have been arrested/charged:

Edwardo Antwon Davis, Jr., B/M DOB: 10/29/90 – arrested on 5/10/21; $55,000 secured bond

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 3 cts.

Trafficking, opium or heroin – 2 cts.

Obtain property by false pretense – 2 cts.

La’Quan Jamario Burris, B/M DOB: 3/27/93 – arrested on 4/29/21; $60,000 secured bond

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery (oxycodone)

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Malik Karim Yesher EL, B/M DOB: 9/11/93, already in custody on other charges; $162,500 secured bond

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 2 cts.

Trafficking, opium or heroin – 2 cts.

Obtain property by false pretense – 2 cts.

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Conspiracy to sell/deliver Schedule V controlled substance

Mardina Frenee Williams, B/F DOB: 3/4/88, arrested on 4/29/21; $10,000 unsecured bond

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Nicole Gabrielle Waugh, W/F DOB: 2/8/93, arrested on 4/29/21; $15,000 unsecured bond

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 2 cts.

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense – 3 cts.

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Terry Bernard Funderburk, Jr., B/M DOB: 8/13/76, arrested on 5/12/21; $100,000 secured bond

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense

Tiara Shahadad Mills-Oliver, B/F DOB: 10/2/91, arrested on 4/29/21; $10,000 unsecured bond

Obtain property by false pretense

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Conspiracy to sell/deliver Schedule V controlled substance