News Story


Los Angeles - Promethazine with Codeine Arrest
11/27/2013 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Promethazine with Codeine Arrest

Report Number:



6500 block of Wystone, Los Angeles

Date & Time:

November 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Shanal Mayfield

Los Angeles



Earlier this month, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received information that Shanal Mayfield was selling promethazine with codeine cough syrup, a controlled narcotic, to Ventura County residents. An investigation was initiated and detectives witnessed Mayfield selling this drug. Mayfield was arrested for selling promethazine with codeine and a search warrant was conducted at his residence. The search warrant yielded evidence of Mayfield's crimes. The investigation revealed Mayfield's entire customer base was teenagers and young adults from Thousand Oaks.


Promethazine with codeine is prescribed by a doctor for cough relief. Non-medical users abuse this drug for its sedative and euphoric effects that are similar to other opiates such as heroin. Promethazine with codeine has been popularized in modern culture mainly due to its prevalent mentions in rap music lyrics.


Mayfield is currently in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is Monday, December 2, 2013.


The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members of law enforcement from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, and the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation.


The main mission of the task force is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In the first six months of the unit's existence, 54 arrests have been made of doctors and pharmacists operating criminally, and of individuals ranging from street level dealers to major level violators. The unit has seized well over 120,000 pills of pharmaceutical drugs, over $76,000 in ill-gotten gains, and 7 firearms.


Prepared by:

Sergeant Victor Fazio


Media Release Date:

November 27, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Victor Fazio

(805) 856-8793



Approved by:

Captain Curt Rothschiller