Drug bust "takes the cake" for suspect stupidity

Sarah Elizabeth Price, 21, left, and Melvin Charlton, 23,  both of Havelock, face drug charges.

Sarah Elizabeth Price, 21, left, and Melvin Charlton, 23, both of Havelock, face drug charges.

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Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 16:59 PM.

After being charged with shoplifting, a Havelock woman was caught trying to sell hundreds of prescription pills to the same narcotics officer who had interviewed her at the police station just hours earlier.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” said Lt. Brian Woods, of the Havelock Police Department. “It blows my mind.”

Sarah Elizabeth Price, 21, of 235 Cedar Ridge Lane in Havelock, is charged with one count of felony sale and delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Price’s boyfriend, identified as Melvin Charlton, 23, of the same address, was charged with one count of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance.

The two were arrested Wednesday after laboratory results positively identified 862 tablets found at the couple’s residence as being the substance Alprazolam, commonly sold as the prescription drug Xanex, Woods said.

The couple’s trouble began when Havelock Police responded to Food Lion for a report of a shoplifter at 1:21 p.m. on Nov. 2. Price had been detained by store personnel for allegedly attempting to steal a get well card. At the time she was found in possession of several small blue pills she said were Xanex but she had no prescription for them, Woods said.

Police charged her with misdemeanor larceny at the time, but held back on making charges concerning the drugs pending lab analysis, Woods said.



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