PLEA DEALS: PG Druggie Enthusiast Daniel Ongele Nabbed in Act of Using Fake Prescription to Gain Syrup for Making Purple Drank

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PLEA DEALS: PG Druggie Enthusiast Daniel Ongele Nabbed in Act of Using Fake Prescription to Gain Syrup for Making Purple Drank

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CHARLOTTE HALL, MD.  — Narco Squad Commander Capt. Dan Alioto of St. Mary’s County reports that a PG County heathen has darkened the doorstep of a Charlotte Hall pharmacy in an attempt to snare a cough syrup used to make ‘Purple Drank’.

According to Alioto, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a possible fraudulent prescription being passed at a Charlotte Hall pharmacy. Detectives arrived and detained suspect Daniel Ligolo Ongele, 27, of 1915 Fittleworth Terrace, Upper Marlboro, Md., who attempted to obtain “Promethazine/Codeine syrup.”, commonly known as “Purple Drank”.  Ongele was found by Narco Squad detectives to be in possession of a USB thumb drive and a cellular phone, both of which were seized pending a forensic analysis. He was charged by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Meyer, with “Attempting to obtain Promethazine/Codeine by fraud” and “Identity Theft”.

Purple drank is a slang term for a concoction which includes a prescription-strength cough syrup used in a manner inconsistent with its labeling, thus making it a recreational drug. The mixture became popular in the hip hop community in the southern United States in the 1990s, originating in Houston, Texas.

The prescription-strength cough syrup used in purple drank contains codeine and promethazine (not to be confused with dextromethorphan; The cough syrup, used in doses much higher than medically recommended, is typically mixed with ingredients such as the soft drinks Sprite or Mountain Dew and optionally “a Jolly Rancher hard fruit candy thrown in for extra sweetness.  The purplish hue of purple drank comes from dyes in the cough syrup. The amount of cough syrup used “can exceed up to 25 times the recommended dose.” The concoction is “Typically consumed out of Styrofoam cups”.

There are numerous slang terms for purple drank, including sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, barre, purple jelly, Texas tea, dirty Sprite, and Tsikuni.

There are numerous slang terms for purple drank, including sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, barre, purple jelly, Texas tea, dirty Sprite, and Tsikuni.

In a plea deal with Anne Arundel County States Attorney Wes Adams, Ongele entered a guilty plea to possession of a forged prescription on Sept. 7, 2016, in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. THE DEAL: Six counts connected with using identity theft and forged prescriptions to obtain prescription narcotics were dropped in exchange for a sentence of four days in jail starting on Dec. 9, 2016.

Found guilty of possession with intent to sell drugs in 2008, Ongele was given 18 months suspended in jail and probation in a plea deal with the Prince Georges County States Attorney on June 13, 2008.

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