Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck has issued a warning to residents about phone calls from people pretending to be agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration or other law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Buck says these criminals tend to target people who have purchased prescription drugs over the internet or over the phone. The caller tell the victim that such purchases are illegal, and now they must pay a fine. In most cases, the caller says the victim must wire the money.
Sheriff Buck says the DEA will never call people and demand they pay money.
Additionally, Buck says people should be carefully when by prescription drugs online or over the phone. "It is illegal to purchase controlled
substance pharmaceuticals online or by telephone unless very stringent requirements are met. And, all pharmacies that dispense controlled substance pharmaceuticals by means of the internet must be registered with DEA. By ordering any pharmaceutical medications online
or by telephone from unknown entities, members of the public risk receiving unsafe, counterfeit, and/or ineffective drugs from criminals who operate outside the law. In addition, personal and financial information could be compromised," Buck said.