Reports that prescriptions for hydrocodone had been forged and filled at several Pine Bluff drug stores led to an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force and the arrest Wednesday of two men who were allegedly involved.

Reports that prescriptions for hydrocodone had been forged and filled at several Pine Bluff drug stores led to an investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force and the arrest Wednesday of two men who were allegedly involved.

Task Force Investigator Chris Drye arrested Keith Holmes, 32, of Little Rock, and Mario Kennel, 26, at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday at Brookshire’s on Dollarway Road after receiving a call from the pharmacist at the store the previous day.

In a probable cause affidavit, Drye said Holmes was found inside a vehicle on the parking lot. Drye reported that when he approached the vehicle, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana from inside the car.

Holmes had two whole round blue pills and one broken pill that were identified as hydrocodone, according to Drye.

Drye reported that he received a call from the store pharmacist Tuesday reporting that a man later identified as Kennel had brought in a prescription for hydrocodone, and it matched a copy of several forged prescriptions that had been filled at other businesses.

When Kennel returned to the store Wednesday, he was arrested after picking up 78 hydrocodone pills, Drye said in the affadavit.

Drye reported that forged prescriptions for hydrocodone had been found at Fred’s at White Hall and USA Drug on Dollarway Road.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for both Holmes and Kennel after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge both of them with possession of a controlled substance. Kennel can also be charged with second-degree forgery.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent both men, and they were told to come back to court March 15.