Three Arrested For Prescription Med Trafficking

Three people are accused of trafficking prescription medications.

Lawmen say the three, from Carteret County, drove to Jacksonville and purchased 56 dosage units of Percocet. Authorities say the three then returned to Carteret County where they were arrested after at traffic stop in the Bogue community.

The bust was made by the Carteret County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Jacksonville Police Department.

“This is what we deal with everyday with regard to the diversion and illegal selling of prescription medication," said Sheriff Asa Buck. "The dealers are getting a lot of their supply out-of-county and our bringing it back here to sell. We receive information and follow up on that information and are able to make these types of arrests."

Miranda Lawrence, age 22 of Newport, was arrested on opium charges and was locked up under a $150,000 secured bond.

Michael Lawrence, age 27 of Salter Path, faces similar charges as well as failure to appear in court and was locked up under a $258,000 secured bond.

Ricardo Hill, age 24 of Stella, also faces opium charges and was locked up on a $250,000 secured bond.


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  • by Waste of time Location: USA on Dec 23, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    It's time to change the way we deal with drugs!!40 yrs and 1 trillion $ spent and we're no better off than when we started!! One person just replaces the other and so onm and so on!! Demand has to decrease to make nay difference!! Supply will ALWAYS be there and someone to sell it for MONEY!! Treatment and prevention is more cost effective and WORKS!!! The "Drug War" is an expensive failure!!!!
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      by the US is a drug culture on Dec 23, 2011 at 04:28 PM in reply to Waste of time
      Nixon coined the "war on drugs" phrase. He also wanted to nuke Vietnam before he was kicked out of Washington. If you drink coffee, tea, colas... you're doing drugs.
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        by Me on Dec 24, 2011 at 07:33 AM in reply to the US is a drug culture
        First thing we learned in rehab. Everybody has some form of their own "drug of choice". Some are socially acceptable some are illegal.
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      by 40some on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to Waste of time
      Legalize marijuana, atleast take the profit from the drug cartels, and empty some extra cells.
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    These bonds seem a little high for a small time crime.
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      by 40some on Dec 23, 2011 at 03:08 PM in reply to c-had
      Always with drugs. Last year the same magistrates here let a guy out on 300 bucks for DWI and vehicular manslaughter.Never saw him again.
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        by c-had on Dec 26, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to 40some
        It makes no sense whatsoever.
  • by Angel on Dec 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    The real crime that these three individuals are committing are not of laws but of the most heinous acts of man,... one of a wasted life. Wakeup!
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Why was the female locked up on half of the bond placed on the men. The other two should sue for sexual discrimination. Or was she family to the judge or a law enforcement officer.
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      by GiveMeABreak on Dec 23, 2011 at 09:05 PM in reply to Lee
      Michael has three "failure to appears" and has had multiple DUIs. I kind of think it's justified.
  • by Buckwheat on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    On WebMD it said more people in the US are dying from drug overdose/mixing than traffic accidents.
  • by Figures Location: NC on Dec 23, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    I went to high school with Michael and also know Miranda. This doesn't surprise me at all, I'm more surprised they weren't caught or "busted" sooner. Their crimes are nothing new for them and I can guarantee this isn't the first time and may not be the last either. Sad...
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      by Down East on Dec 23, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to Figures
      If your concerned you should have reported them
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        by swim on Dec 24, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Down East
        ZING!
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