CARTERET COUNTY -

Carteret County deputies and the SBI take out warrants for 16 people after an investigation into a prescription drug ring that spans five counties. Investigators found during the two month investigation that the prescription fraud ring operated in Carteret, Craven, Onslow, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.

Deputies say the investigation began after a report was received against Casey Williams, who was employed as a radiology technician at Crystal Coast Family Practice of Morehead City. The tipster reported Williams had allegedly stolen prescription pads from previous doctor?s offices where she was employed and was both writing and selling illegal prescriptions.

Investigators discovered Williams and her boyfriend, James Maynor, forged numerous prescriptions from the stolen pads and also sold forged completed scripts. The stolen prescription pads came from doctor?s offices at Port City Neurosurgery & Spine in Wilmington, Coastal Carolina Orthopedic Surgery in Jacksonville and Medac Health Services in Wilmington. Williams had been employed at each of them at some point.

Deputies believe the couple began selling the fraudulent prescriptions to buyers in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. They say Williams and Maynor eventually moved to Havelock where they continued to sell prescriptions and prescription medication to buyers in Carteret County. Investigators were able backtrack the scripts that came from the stolen pads and obtain a list of buyers.

During questioning by investigators, deputies say the couple revealed they had sold approximately 4,580 Percocet pills, most for $10 per pill.

?This is a prime example of the amount of medication that can be diverted by one individual who gets access to a prescription pad. This reinforces just how strict controls have to be regarding the prescribing of controlled medications and practices in our doctor?s offices. If this information had not been brought to our attention there is no telling how long this would have continued and how many pills would have been diverted and abused,? said Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck.

Arrested:

Casey Ann Williams, 29, of Havelock Charges - 5 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 5 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 14 counts Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $250,000

James Howard Maynor, 27, of Havelock Charges - 5 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 5 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 14 counts Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $251,900

Shawn Robert Langan, 26, of Newport Charges - 5 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 5 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 2 counts Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $150,000

Megan Jane Patton, 26, of Newport Charges - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $10,000

Arron Elvis Padrick, 24, of Morehead City Charges - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $7,500

Adam Miller, 34, of Newport Charge - 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $3,000

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Cloud, 20, of Newport Charges - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $15,000

Adele Loren Davis, 27, of Morehead City Charges - 2 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 2 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $10,000

William Richard McBride, 33, of Leland Charges - 5 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 5 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud Bond - $100,000

Sean Michael Gaines, 40, of Wilmington Charges - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 2 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 2 counts Conspiring to Traffic Opium Bond - $100,000

Scott Osowski, 35, of Wilminton Charges - 6 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 6 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud Bond - $100,000

Warrants Filed, But Not Yet Arrested:

Peter Joseph Minks, III, 23, of Newport Charges - 3 counts Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 3 counts Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 3 counts Conspiring to Traffic Opium

Tara Jones Minks, 23, of Newport Charges - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium

Christopher Alan Suplee, 29, of Beaufort Charge - 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium by possession

Jeremy Lyle Lupton, 30, of Newport Charge - 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium by possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud

Brian Andrew Lewis, 24, of Newport Charge - 1 count Level 3 Trafficking Opium by Possession, 1 count Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, 1 count Conspiring to Traffic Opium