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North Carolina policeman and roommate involved in drug charges

In a case sure to spark discussion, a Pitt County, North Carolina, deputy recently turned himself over to authorities for his involvement in a controlled substance drug scheme. According to court documents, the deputy collected 41 units of Percocet, a controlled substance, from Walgreens in November 2013. The deputy came back into Walgreens two days later claiming the pharmacy had shorted him by 41 units. He was given the medication at the time but an audit later revealed the deputy had been lying.

Police formally arrested the deputy last Monday on charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, but this was just the tip of the iceberg in this case. The deputy's roommate, a 31-year-old man, was also arrested on two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by prescription; both of these felony drug charges. After his arrest, the roommate reportedly told police investigators that the deputy brought drugs he had collected from area medicine drop boxes to his home, claiming police were not tracking them.

The roommate's arrest stems from his habitual doctor shopping in which he sought out Oxycodone prescriptions at least two separate times. The roommate allegedly confessed to visiting an emergency room 25 times in recent months for a variety of health complaints. At each visit, he received pain pills and sometimes used the deputy's name and status as a drug diversion officer to improve his chances of securing a pain pill prescription.

The saddest thing about this case is that the public does not know about any mitigating circumstances that may have caused the deputy's alleged criminal behavior. Sometimes even the most upstanding citizens fall victim to drug addiction, especially if they had to rely on addictive drugs during a normal course of treatment for pain or injury. In cases that involve drug offenses, it's important to make sure the alleged offender's rights are protected, and he gets any legal and medical help necessary to combat drug addiction.

Source:  The Richmond Register, "New details: Deputy's roommate charged in drug investigation" Andrew Ruiz, Mar. 25, 2014

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