There was a joint investigation conducted by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville and Miami Police Departments for Trafficking in prescription pills. What they came up with in the late part of 2011 was an arrest of a 31 year old. This 31 year old would sell the prescription pills in Carteret and Onslow counties. The detectives that were working the case had intercepted a package that was being mailed from Florida to Carteret County by the suspect. What was in the package was a large amount of prescription pills coming from pain clinics in Florida — the same kind that put so many kids in Jacksonville drug rehabs.
When the detectives served the warrant they found 108 Percocet 30 mg. There was further evidence that the suspect’s previous trips to Florida had given him many more prescriptions that had been written for him from different clinics in Florida. This young man was charged with trafficking controlled substances and was placed in the Carteret County jail under a $150,000 secure bond.
What this young man was doing does not look like a big operation but there are many of this kind going on a regular basis. The prescription drug business is wide open. If you ever had a mystery about where do all these young students get their drugs it will probably be from someone like this 31 year old. The fact that he could get many different prescriptions from doctor shopping in the state of Florida and then bring these drugs to other states — and land their customers in rehabs in Louisiana and all the other states they distribute to — is the kind of operation that is going on.
This may not have been the biggest drug bust by the Jacksonville police department but if they get enough of these arrests done then the supply of drugs will be affected. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them some help and recommend to them they go to an inpatient treatment center or one of the prescription abuse rehabs near you.