Investigators make several arrests for trafficking prescription drugs
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Five people accused of forging and trafficking prescription drugs were arrested in Tabor City earlier this week.
Investigators said the group of people lives in South Carolina but were going to Tabor City on the weekends after 5 p.m. to fill roxicodone because they knew it would be too late for a pharmacist to call a doctor's office to verify the prescription.
According to officials, more than 200 methadone and more than 150 roxicodone were written on blank prescription tablets stolen from Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach.
Investigators said officials at Grand Strand noticed a lot of prescriptions for the same medication were being filled often in Tabor City and tipped off deputies. Authorities believe at least 18 prescriptions were filled by the five people.
The Columbus County Sheriff's Office worked with authorities in South Carolina to arrest George Chestnut, Frances Hampton, Jeremy Poore, Dedrick Searcy and Julie Burns. They expect to make more arrests in this case.
Those five people were charged with trafficking by possession in opium/heroin for filling prescriptions and fraud.
Anthony Crocco, of South Carolina, was also arrested last month for trying to forge prescriptions in Tabor City.