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An Oak Island man has been arrested and charged with trafficking drugs.
According to arrest reports, Timothy Ray Dobbs, 48, of 250 North East 64th St., Oak Island, has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin.
Sgt. Steve Lanier, of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, said Dobbs had been trafficking Loritab, an opiate derivative narcotic prescribed for pain.
Drug agents arrested Dobbs after a four-month investigation, Lanier said. The investigation is “part of a new initiative to fight prescription medication abuse throughout the county, Lanier explained.
Lanier said throughout their investigation, drug agents determined Dobbs was prescribed Loritab by a doctor, but then “turned around and sold it,” he said.
Lanier said drug agents are “stepping up” their enforcement of prescription drug abuse and trafficking.
“The biggest misconception about prescription drugs is since they can be legally prescribed, they can’t get in trouble for possession. If you possess a pill, period, not in the proper container it is illegal,” he explained.
Another misconception, he said, is prescription drugs aren’t harmful.
“We’ve had a huge increase in prescription drug overdoses,” he said. Six people died from overdosing on prescription drugs this year in Brunswick County, he explained.
Dobbs was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $100,000 secured bond.
Anyone with information about prescription medication abuse is asked to contact the sheriff’s office drug enforcement unit at 253-2756.
Other suspects charged by drug agents last week, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations are:
•Curtis Eugene Ballard Jr., 24, of 5680 Fieldview Trail NW, Ash; cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Jonathan Edward Bailey, 31, of 3526 Mount Misery Road, Leland; charged with possession of 1/2 ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Michael George Florence, 19, of 14201 Leafield Drive, Midlothian, Va.; charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.