Affidavit: Huntington man tried to pick up refills on dead mother's pain meds

Jimmie Grimes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jimmie Grimes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics agent arrested a 57-year-old Huntington man Monday because he allegedly tried to pick up a prescription for pain medication in his mother's name two days after she died.

Jimmie Wayne Grimes is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of fraudulent delivery of a controlled substance or prescription and a third-degree felony charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance. Collectively, his bail has been set at $3,500.

According to the arrest affidavit, the DPS narcotics agent met with Dr. Karina J. Urquia, who was the family practitioner for Stella Grimes. The doctor told the narcotics agent that her office had been contacted by Loper's Family Pharmacy in Huntington with a request to refill two prescriptions for Hydrocodone and Aprazolam.

The pharmacy's staff told the doctor's office that Jimmy Grimes had tried to pick up the medications at their business but was turned down because "authorization and a current prescription" were needed, the affidavit. Urquia told the pharmacy's staff not to refill the prescriptions because Stella Grimes had died on Feb. 2.

At that point, the doctor notified law enforcement of what had happened, the affidavit stated.

When the DPS narcotics agent paid a visit to Loper's Family Pharmacy, the employees there confirmed that Jimmie Grimes came into the business on Feb. 4 and attempted to fill the two pain medication prescriptions, the affidavit stated. They also said that he picked several medication s prescribed to Stella Grimes that were not listed as controlled substances.

Jimmie Grimes was told that the prescriptions could not be filled until Feb. 6 to prevent overlap with the previous prescription medications. When Jimmie Grimes contacted the pharmacy on Feb. 6, he was told that the prescription refills would be ready soon.

Two DPS narcotics agents staked out the pharmacy and waited for Jimmie Grimes. A short time later, Jimmie Grimes pulled up to the drive-through window of the pharmacy. According to the affidavit, the agents overheard the conversation between Jimmie Grimes and the pharmacy staff.

Jimmie Grimes allegedly told the pharmacy staff member that he was there to pick his mother's medications.

When the pharmacist asked how Jimmie Grimes' mother was doing, he allegedly replied, "She isn't doing well at all."

The DPS narcotics agents made contact with Jimmie Grimes in the pharmacy's parking lot and asked him why he was there. According to the affidavit, he said he was there to pick up his mother's prescriptions.

When one of the agents asked about Stella Grimes' health, Jimmy Grimes allegedly said, "She ain't doing good at all." Then, in response to further questioning, Jimmy Grimes told the agents, "She's not doing good … she's dead," the affidavit stated.

The DPS narcotics agent obtained an arrest warrant for Jimmie Grimes on Feb. 10.

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