A woman is being held under a $4 million bond for allegedly being involved in a fraud operation in which oxycodone prescriptions were forged.
According to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office, 32-year-old Jammie Ree Williams, of Kinston, was arrested on Wednesday.
The Sheriff's Office said a prescription pad was stolen from a physician's office in Kinston. The prescriptions were then forged and passed at pharmacies at locations in Kinston and Pink Hill to obtain multiple dosages of oxycodone, investigators said.
Williams is being jailed under a $4 million bond on the following charges:
Four counts of identity fraud;
Four counts of uttering forged instruments;
Six counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud;
Ten counts of trafficking in opium and/or heroin (oxycodone);
Two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery.
The Sheriff's Office and the Kinston Department of Public Safety said they have been investigating the oxycodone operation for two weeks.
"Because the investigation involved the unlawful usage of prescriptions in both the city and county, the Kinston Department of Public Safety and the Sheriff's Office Narcotic Division worked together to investigate the case," said Sheriff Chris Hill. "The rampant theft of and addiction to prescription narcotics is at epidemic levels. Over the last several years, we have seen prescription narcotics violations dwarf the issues we previously had with marijuana and cocaine."