Two Havelock residents received lengthy sentences after pleading guilty to participation in a scheme to sell thousands of prescription drugs obtained using stolen prescription pads.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office announced the convictions and sentences in a release Tuesday several weeks after the court actions. A State Bureau of Investigation Drug Diversion Unit in conjunction with the sheriff’s office busted the scheme.
James Howard Maynor, 28, of Witten Circle, entered guilty pleas on July 9 to 16 felony offenses including trafficking in opium and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Superior Court Judge Ken Crow sentenced Maynor to 7 1/2 to nearly 10 years in prison, followed by a term of 12 to 20 months. Upon his release, Maynor will be placed on probation for 48 months on a six- to eight-month suspended sentence.
Casey Ann Williams, 31, of Witten Circle, entered guilty pleas on Aug. 20 to 18 felony offenses of trafficking in opium and two felony offenses of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Williams to 7 1/2 to nearly 10 years in prison. Upon release, she will be placed on probation for 36 months on two six- to eight-month suspended sentences.
According to Major Jason Wank, of the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Williams and Maynor were arrested in 2012 as a result of a two-month investigation. Williams had worked in several area doctor offices and had stolen prescription pads that she and Maynor used to forge prescriptions for Percocet. The pair then sold the drugs for about $400 per prescription. More than 6,000 dosage units were sold to 14 suspects who were also arrested in the 2012 investigation. Some of the 10mg Percocet pills were sold for $10 per pill.
Williams had been employed as a radiology technician at Crystal Coast Family Practice in Morehead City. Other prescription pads came from Port City Neurology and Spine in Wilmington, Coastal Carolina Orthopedic Surgery in Jacksonville and Medac Health Services in Wilmington, all of which had at one time employed Williams, according to Wank.
Wank said that the sale of the illegal prescriptions ranged from Carteret, Craven, Onslow, New Hanover and Brunswick counties. Wank could not confirm the status of the 14 others charged in the ring.
Wank said the nearly one-month delay in announcing the pleas was due to the fact that the department was busy and that there was a delay in obtaining statements from the district attorney and the sheriff.