(Stillwater) — A Stillwater man who admitted attempting to obtain Xanax on an altered prescription at a Cushing pharmacy and obtaining the same drug on an altered prescription at a Stillwater drug store a month later has been placed on five years’ probation.
Christian J. Buffington, 20, was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $500 to the victims’ compensation fund, along with performing 50 hours of community service within six months, in accordance with a plea bargain last week.
Since he was given a five-year deferred sentence by District Judge Donald Worthington on March 5, Buffington will not have a criminal record if he successfully completes his probation.
In his first charge, Buffington, who then listed a Norman address, attempted to obtain Xanax on April 13, 2009, at Baker Pharmacy in Cushing on an altered prescription.
Pharmacist Doug Baker “told me that Christian Buffington presented a prescription for 90 2 mg Xanax from Dr. (Mars) Gonzaga to him to be filled,” Cushing Police Sgt. Jack Ford wrote in an affidavit.
“Doug told me that the prescription looked odd to him due to the amount that the prescription was written for.
“Doug told me that he contacted Dr. Gonzaga to confirm the prescription.
“Dr. Gonzaga told him that the prescription was written to Christian 1 mg Xanax, not 2 mg.
“Doug told me that when he got on the phone with Dr. Gonzaga, Christian seemed to be very nervous and left the pharmacy,” Ford wrote in his affidavit.
Buffington was arrested the same day after Ford stopped the vehicle in which he was traveling with his fiancee in Cushing, the affidavit said.
After he was freed on $2,500 bond, Buffington was charged with obtaining the same drug on May 5, 2009, from Campbell Drug in Stillwater by changing the prescriptiion from 1 mg to 2 mg, court records show.
Obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled drug by an altered prescription carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and a 10-year prison term, court records show.