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Fayetteville PD employee charged with drug trafficking

Posted August 12, 2013

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— Nina Megan Joyce, 33, a civilian crash investigator for the Fayetteville Police Department was charged Monday with 10 felony counts of trafficking prescription painkillers.

A pharmacist noted that Joyce filled two prescriptions within days of each other, and that raised a red flag, Police Chief Harold Medlock said. 

Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock Fayetteville police employee faces drug charges

Joyce is the wife of Lt. Todd Joyce, the department's public information officer. She has been employed by the department since Jan. 2007.

Medlock praised her work with the department, but said his officers could learn from her arrest.

"I think what we all need to do is pay closer attention to each other, and when we see something from a friend or a relative that just doesn’t seem correct about them, we need to ask those hard questions,” Medlock said.

As for those who worked with Joyce, "We’re going to grieve, but we’re going to be as professional as we always are," Medlock said.

Investigators have no evidence that Joyce was selling the painkillers to others. She allegedly had them for her own use, Medlock said.

Joyce resigned when she was arrested, and was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on $65,000 bond.


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  • justabumer Aug 13, 2013

    If I understand this correctly the woman filled prescriptions which had been written for her by licensed doctors. There was no indication of her trafficking anything. What's the big deal?

  • IRISH281 Aug 13, 2013

    I hope they throw the book at her.

  • airbornemonty Aug 13, 2013

    I can barely wait to see what sentence the judge will impose on this city employee and it does seem that there might be nepotism involved. All of this might be worth investigating deeper by outside investigators.

  • rdc42179 Aug 12, 2013

    So she gets a job working for the city, and her husband is a Lt. I'm sure no nepotism was involved. She apparently has a drug problem and she is driving a city vehicle. Lt Joyce also had a duty to act, if he was aware of her drug use. If the new chief really wants the people of Fayetteville to believe he isn't part of the the same old good old boy regime. He needs to have a independent investigation into what the Lt new and why he allowed his wife to put the residence at risk, and how she managed to get th job in the first place.

  • beachboater Aug 12, 2013

    From channel 3 news:

    "Police say investigators found that Joyce used seven different doctors and six different pharmacies to obtain the drugs since January 2013. Based on prescription records, Joyce had more than 600 doses of the drugs since January."

    600 doses since January is quite different than 600 doses in the medicine cabinet. That comes up to less than 3 pills a day. Not a large amount for someone with a legitimate need for the drugs.

  • My GOLO Screen Name Aug 12, 2013

    you do not have to have knowledge of them selling the pills to charge with trafficking. The trafficking charges carry an unusually high bond and mandatory minimum for all drugs, particularly for Heroin....and this one is for Heroin because the pill has an opiate derivative.They must have somehow determined she was not using them for a legit medical purpose but maybe a habit. She was probably doctor shopping getting multiple prescriptions...but once they see its not being used for its prescribed purpose...it's illegal

  • SnupeLyin Aug 12, 2013


    Ditto and I'm a bondsman... I've seen lower bonds for worse.

  • beachboater Aug 12, 2013

    "Investigators have no evidence that Joyce was selling the painkillers to others. She allegedly had them for her own use, Medlock said"

    If that is true, why was she charged with trafficking and why is her bond so high?

  • beachboater Aug 12, 2013

    Simple explanation is that the story was updated to include much more information. The original only stated she was arrested for the illegal prescriptions.

    The comments were justified with the information posted at the time the comments were posted.

  • beachboater Aug 12, 2013

    Simple explanation is that the story was updated.