The Beaufort County Sheriff Department will soon hire a deputy dedicated to prescription drug crimes. The position is made possible with the help of a $58,000 drug diversion grant.
Chief Deputy Kit Campbell said about 25-30% of the narcotics unit is dedicated to pharmaceutical cases. Since the beginning of 2012, there have been 55 felony cases. in the county
Monday the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners approved the grant proposed in February.
"The funds that will be allocated will be salary for the position benefits and equipment and training involved," Campbell said. "He will go out and educate the pharmacists and doctors on what to look for as far as people that are accustomed to working different doctors at different angles to get more prescriptions than they should."
Campbell said many times dealers are getting prescriptions legally from their doctors or pharmacists. The street value for any pill is about one dollar per milligram.
The deputy hired will also put in place an Operation Drop Box event twice a year, where residents can dispose of their prescription medication safely.
The deputy with be the seventh deputy in the narcotics unit. The position will be filled in about six to eight weeks.