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Alleged prescription drug resellers arrested in North Carolina

When people hear stories about people who sell drugs, they often think the product is some illicit drug manufactured or grown in a person's basement. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, the drugs that people are selling or distributing are perfectly legal and are typically available at a pharmacy.

However, there are a many people who either cannot afford expensive prescriptions or who have no medical reason for taking these prescription medications. These people often turn to people who obtain the drugs and then resell them. Even though the drugs themselves are technically legal, reselling them to other people without a prescription is against the law.

Two people in North Carolina were recently arrested for doing exactly that. The man and woman were legally acquiring and filling prescriptions for medications like amphetamines and others that contained oxycodone. They were legitimately prescribed the medicine from various doctors and then they would allegedly repackage the pills and sell them to others.

It took a year-long investigation for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Division to identify and arrest the two. According to reports, they conducted an undercover bust and were able to purchase the prescriptions from the man and woman. They are continuing the investigation in the hopes of identifying customers and others involved in the so-called drug ring.

The man is now facing 20 criminal charges related to trafficking opium and possession of drug paraphernalia, while the woman was charged with seven drug-related crimes.

This is a good reminder for people who may think that it is not a big deal to resell drugs that are legal. When they contain a controlled substance, such as oxycodone, the consequences of selling them illegally can be just as serious as if a person had cocaine or other narcotics.

Source: WWAY, "Year-long investigation busts prescription drug resale ring," Sept. 17, 2012

  • Our firm works with people who are facing serious charges related to selling, distributing or purchasing drugs. These issues will not go away by themselves, so it can be very important to work with an attorney to explore possible options. For more information, please visit our Clinton drug possession page.

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