A man was arrested while leaving a Pine Bluff drug store Wednesday after he allegedly tried to obtain drugs with a forged prescription.

A man was arrested while leaving a Pine Bluff drug store Wednesday after he allegedly tried to obtain drugs with a forged prescription.

Detective Jerry Lambert said during a court hearing Thursday that Keith Franklin, 50, had given pharmacists at USA Drug at Harding Avenue and Ohio Street a prescription for 180 hydrocodone pills.

When drug store personnel called the doctor whose name was on the prescription, the doctorís office reportedly said they had never heard of Franklin and he was not a patient, Lambert said.

Police were called and when officers arrived, Franklin was leaving the business and the manager was trying to catch him, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said.

Kizer said Franklin is on parole and had been convicted of forgery, fraud, theft of property, and multiple drug related charges.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for Franklin after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with forgery and fraud.

Bridgforth appointed the public defenderís office to represent Franklin and told him to come back to court Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.