DEPUTIES: Prescription Meds Being Sold At Tanning Store

The owner of a Washington tanning business and her son are accused of selling prescription pain pills out of the business.

Julia Jefferson of Pantego is charged with three counts of conspiracy to traffic in opium and three counts of trafficking in opium. Her son, Michael Stocks, is charged with six counts of trafficking in opium. Jefferson owns the Tan Zone on West 15th Street.

Beaufort County deputies got complaints that prescription meds were being sold out of the business. Undercover deputies say they began purchasing hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl patches from the two while they were working at the Tan Zone.

On Thursday they obtained a search warrant and found hydrocodone, fentanyl patches, methadone, a plastic snorting straw containing a white residue, a drink can converted to a crack cocaine smoking pipe and marked money that the Investigators used to make their purchases.

Jefferson was jailed on a $50,000.00 secured bond, while Stocks' bond was set at $80,000.00 secured.

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