- Published on Saturday, 22 September 2012 01:14
- Written by Super User
Carolina Beach Police recently arrested a major prescription pill dealer.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police arrested Jason Jeffrey Smith, age 34, on Friday September 14, on numerous drug charges after an officer discovered just under 500 prescription drug pills during a traffic stop.
Carolina Beach Police Detective Scott Hettinger said Monday that Smith was stopped by police for speeding and driving left of center.
The officer that stopped Smith witnessed a pill bottle fall into the floor of the vehicle when Smith was getting his license out. Then a bag containing hundreds of pills was discovered.
Hettinger said the pills have a street value of around $5,000. Some of the narcotics in the bag included Morphine, Oxycodone, Methadone and Oxymorphone.
Smith had recently moved to the area and had North Carolina and Florida driver’s licenses. He was charged with driving under the influence, exceeding posted speed, left of center, communicating threats to an officer, two counts of trafficking controlled opiates, four counts of possession with intent to manufacture and distribute a schedule 2 narcotic, two counts felony possession of schedule 2 narcotics over 100 dosage units and maintain a vehicle to use to sell controlled substances.
His bond was set at $40,000 and he was out on bond the next morning.
Hettinger said the sale of prescription drugs on the street is a huge problem facing law enforcement, but due to recently enacted restrictions by the State there has been a noticeable impact.
Doctor shopping for narcotics can lead to addiction, overdose and pills being resold on the street.
Almost 2,500 North Carolina Medicaid recipients are currently enrolled in the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) “Lock-in” program for narcotics and controlled substances. Part of Gov. Bev Perdue’s efforts to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in state Medicaid, the lock-in program launched in October 2010.
New technology identifies Medicaid recipients with multiple prescriptions for opiate pain relievers or sedative/anti-anxiety medicines. DHHS “locks in” those recipients to using a single physician and pharmacy.
Locking patients in to one doctor and one pharmacy ensures they receive the medications and care they truly need while providing a new level of oversight that can ferret out abuse or overuse.
Hettinger said Smith would not cooperate nor report the source of the pills found in his possession.