A joint investigation involving the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the DEA led to several May 2021 arrests and dozens of charges in Charlotte, NC as part of “Operation Sizzurp” which involves the use of a popular street drug cocktail known as “sizzurp” among other names.

Arrested suspects in drug investigation  

Arrested suspects in drug investigation  

Codeine cough syrup is a highly abused controlled substance. It’s commonly used by abusers to make a drink known as “sizzurp” or “lean.”

The drug investigation led to the arrests of Edwardo Davis, 30, La'Quan Burris, 28, Malik Yesher El, 27, Mardina Williams, 33, Nicole Waugh, 28, Terry Funderburk, 44, and Tiara Mills-Oliver, 29.  

The suspects are charged with a total of 37 felony charges that stem from alleged criminal acts related to obtaining or attempting to obtain the controlled substance promethazine with codeine syrup used to make the popular street drug cocktail known as “sizzurp, purple drank, purple passion, and lean.” 

The investigation began in June of 2020 after investigators were made aware by healthcare providers and pharmacies of the passing of fraudulent prescriptions throughout North Carolina. 

Unrelated a Charlotte man had over $2.9 million in cash along with alot of cocaine in storage units.

The investigation led to the dismantling and disruption of a regional drug fraud network which stretched from Mecklenburg County to the Triad area, the SBI says. 

The SBI says that the suspects allegedly traveled across North Carolina to pass illegal prescriptions at numerous pharmacies. The names and identifications of multiple healthcare providers from different areas of the state were used in the creation of these fictitious prescriptions.

Below is a list of the individuals who have been arrested/charged:

DRUG ARRESTS IN ABOVE TABLE 

Edwardo Davis 

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 3 counts.

Trafficking, opium or heroin – 2 counts.

Obtain property by false pretense – 2 counts.

La’Quan Burris 

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery (oxycodone)

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Malik Yesher EL

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 2 counts

Trafficking, opium or heroin – 2 counts

Obtain property by false pretense – 2 counts.

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Conspiracy to sell/deliver Schedule V controlled substance

Mardina Williams

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Nicole Waugh 

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery – 2 counts

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense – 3 counts

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Terry Funderburk 

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Trafficking, opium or heroin

Obtain property by false pretense

Tiara Mills-Oliver

Obtain property by false pretense

Obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery

Attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud

Attempt to obtain property by false pretense

Conspiracy to sell/deliver Schedule V controlled substance