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Warrants: Roommate says former detective took drugs from drop boxes

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Mar 24 2014 03:50:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 25 2014 07:20:33 PM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

A Pitt County detective fired for allegedly lying to obtain drugs is being accused by his roommate of bringing home medications from drop boxes across the county.

According to search warrants from the State Bureau of Investigation, 31-year-old Paul R. Arnold (pictured right) claimed he saw his roommate, 33-year-old Tyler Bowden Bryan (pictured left), bring to their Winterville home large amounts of drugs from Medicine Drop boxes "five or six times."

Bryan was working as a detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office at the time.

The SBI warrants also state that "Arnold saw large amounts of narcotic pain medications in blue latex gloves that Bryan would keep in his pocket."

Bryan allegedly told Arnold that the pills were not part of evidence and therefore, were not tracked, according to the SBI documents.

In addition, Arnold stated that Bryan had brought home a large amount of narcotic pain medications several months ago that Bryan claimed was from a doctor's practice, the SBI said.

Arnold said he had seen prescription bottles in Bryan's room that did not have Bryan's name on them, and witnessed Bryan tear off the labels of other prescription bottles, the SBI warrants show. Arnold's partner later confirmed that he had also seen Bryan bring in large amounts of prescriptions with other people's names, according to the SBI.

Arnold told investigators that Bryan kept the narcotic prescriptions in a book bag in his Pitt County patrol vehicle, but kept the non-narcotic prescriptions in his room, the SBI documents state.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office said they fired Bryan from his position as a Major Crimes detective Monday because he allegedly lied to a Walgreens pharmacist in November 2013 to obtain 41 doses of the pain reliever, Percocet. The SBI has charged Bryan with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud for that incident.

Arnold himself was arrested on March 19 and is facing two felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by prescription misrepresentation. According to warrants, Arnold fraudulently obtained 38 doses and 20 doses of Percocet from two different pharmacies by lying to his doctors.

The warrants allege that Arnold had doctors prescribe him Percocet without telling them he had already received pain reliever prescriptions from other doctors. The incidents happened on Nov. 28, 2013 and March 3, 2014, investigators said.

According to the SBI documents, Arnold has confessed to doctor shopping and claimed Bryan had been taking his pain medications when Bryan ran out.

The SBI documents state that Arnold had also been to the ER about 25 times in the last several months with various complaints and received prescription narcotics.

Arnold was dismissed from a doctor's practice after the allegations surfaced, the SBI said.

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As the SBI continue to investigate a former Pitt County detective accused of illegally obtaining drugs, NewsChannel 12 has learned his roommate is being accused of doctor shopping.

According to warrants from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, 31-year-old Paul R. Arnold (pictured right), of Winterville, has been charged with two felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by prescription misrepresentation.

Investigators said Arnold is the roommate of 33-year-old Tyler Bowden Bryan (pictured left), who was fired Monday from his detective position at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office for allegedly lying to a pharmacist to get Percocet.

Warrants allege that Arnold fraudulently obtained 38 dosage units (10-day supply) of the pain reliever, Percocet, on March 3 from a CVS Pharmacy on East Firetower Road in Greenville.

According to the warrants, Arnold had a doctor prescribe him the Percocet without telling the doctor that he had already received 30 dosage units of another pain reliever, hydromorphone, from another pharmacy.

The warrants also allege that Arnold was involved in another case of doctor shopping on Nov. 28, 2013. According to the warrants, Arnold fraudulently obtained 20 dosage units (seven-day supply) of Percocet  from a CVS Pharmacy on South Memorial Drive in Greenville.

In that incident, Arnold had a doctor prescribe him the Percocet without telling the doctor that he had already received 90 dosage units (30-day supply) of morphine sulfate from another pharmacy, the warrants state.

Investigators said in both cases of doctor shopping, Arnold name-dropped his roommate, claiming his prescriptions were legitimate because his roommate was a drug detective.

Arnold was arrested on March 20. The Sheriff's Office told NewsChannel 12 because Arnold and Bryan shared the same address, the investigation into Arnold that led to the SBI investigation of Bryan.

Bryan is accused of lying to a pharmacist at a Walgreens in order to obtain 41 dosage units of Percocet on Nov. 3, 2013, according to warrants from the Sheriff's Office. He turned himself in on Monday and has been charged by the SBI with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Upon his arrest, Bryan was immediately terminated as a Major Crimes detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said there is no evidence that the suspects were selling the pills.

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A former detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office is accused of lying to obtain dozens of doses of a pain reliever, warrants show.

The warrants released Tuesday allege that 33-year-old Tyler Bowden Bryan, of Winterville, lied to a pharmacist at a Walgreens in order to obtain 41 dosage units of Percocet. Bryan was working as a Major Crimes detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

According to the warrants, Bryan went to the Walgreens on Winterville Parkway in Winterville on Nov. 3, 2013, and told the pharmacist that 41 dosage units of Percocet had been shorted from his prescription. The pharmacist then gave Bryan the 41 dosage units that Bryan requested, the warrants state. But an audit later revealed that the pharmacy had a shortage of 41 dosage units, said the warrants.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office said they received a complaint on March 7. The case was then handed over to the State Bureau of Investigation.

According to the SBI, Bryan turned himself in on Monday and has been charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Upon Bryan's arrest, he was immediately terminated as a detective with the Sheriff's Office, investigators said.

Bryan has since been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. His next court date is scheduled for June 12.

According to a 2011 release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Bryan was working to decrease prescription forgery and prescription drug abuse when he was with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said Bryan had worked with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.

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A detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office has been fired after he was charged with a drug-related offense by the SBI.

The State Bureau of Investigation told NewsChannel 12 Tyler Bryan turned himself in Monday on one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He was released from the Pitt County Detention Center on an unsecured bond.

Bryan, 33, of Winterville, was working as a Major Crimes detective with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. But on March 7, a local health care provider contacted the Sheriff's Office with a complaint on Bryan, investigators said. Details on that complaint have not been released.

Sheriff Neil Elks then reviewed the evidence on March 10 and referred the case to the State Bureau of Investigation.

"The policy of PCSO is to call in the SBI to investigate any employee, family members of employees, or close friends," Sheriff Neil Elks stated.  "This is the best way to continue to remain transparent."

Bryan was placed on administrated leave with pay on March 20, and on Monday, he turned himself in to be charged, according to the Sheriff's Office. Upon Bryan's arrest, he was immediately fired, investigators said.

"As I have stated many times, law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard as entrusted servants of the community," Sheriff Elks stated.  "We are not above the law, and when we break laws, we should be held accountable."

"What I thought was a drug enforcement officer, then to hear something like that happen and everything, you know, it's just, a shame," said Bryan's neighbor, Neal Rice. "Be hard for one thing to just even look him in the eyes. Be kinda disappointed, just disappointed in him."

According to a 2011 release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Bryan was working to decrease prescription forgery and prescription drug abuse when he was with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said Bryan had worked with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office for 11 years.