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Former Littleton pharmacist faces federal drug charges

Posted June 28, 2011

— The former owner of a Littleton pharmacy has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges, authorities said.

A federal grand jury indicted James Arnold King, 68, last week on 40 counts of dispensing drugs unlawfully and one count of conspiring to defraud the Veterans Administration health care system. The alleged offenses occurred between February 2006 and September 2008.

King faces a maximum penalty of 204 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.


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  • tgaspert98 Jul 4, 2011

    First post didn't make it. I guess my wording was too strong. DoubleTrouble is basically correct. A pharmacy tech was doing some dealing "out the back door." Once she found herself in bind she started squealing about everything the owner may or may not have done over 40 years of running the business. The tech was also part of the ring busted in Roanoke Rapids a few years back involving another pharmacy. So, before we hang the man, lets see what actually comes out.

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Jun 29, 2011

    WOW! 204 years! Why can't rapists and murderers get that kind of sentencing?
    June 28, 2011 5:03 p.m.
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    Where do you people crawl out from? Do you know what a MAXIMUM sentence is? Do you know what INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IS? Do you know what the US Constitution says?

  • doubletrouble Jun 29, 2011

    I believe this will end up being more around an X employee, who worked under the pharmacist, and was reportedly caught stealing medications. This person also had "things" that far outweighed what their income was, and was getting support from somewhere other than the pharmacy job they worked. One has to remember, people who "help" the pharmacist fill medications, work under his license, same as DA's. They make a boo-boo under his watch, well he gets the blame for their actions, as all meds are to be tracked under the pharmacist. This gentleman was the local/only pharmacist for many, many years and did alot to help his local citizens and community. For emergency precriptions, we would often reopen his store to help the person in need, with a valid perscription of course. Basically, I feel he was framed by a "drug mule" who used him to cover up them stealing perscription drugs under his watch. You get what you pay for in both items, as well as employees. Hate to see him go thru this.

  • lcornetti2 Jun 29, 2011

    these are the basic facts of this and any case: an indictment has been unsealed, charges are alleged, and based on those charges, the presumptive sentences are X years. It isn't "reporters" making it sound dire; it's what the law says. Nobody can guess what a judge will order when sentencing time comes, but every offense is included in a schedule which defines parameters of sentencing. Why do people have to be so reactionary? or is that ig-nunt?

  • jayhurst Jun 28, 2011

    204 years is just the maximum sentence on each count, run consecutively (back to back). Reporters love that sensational number). If convicted (he is currently innocent), his actual sentence would be framed by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and that calculation would depend mostly upon the weight of what drugs.

  • gnewsome1 Jun 28, 2011

    The news media always reports the maximum sentence until the trial.

  • gnewsome1 Jun 28, 2011

    I didn't see where he was convicted of anything or where he defrauded the VA. In this country, everyone is INNOCENT until proven guilty in a court of law, not GOLO. There is a lot of difference in being INDICTED vs. being CONVICTED.

  • Jeff_W Jun 28, 2011

    WOW! 204 years! Why can't rapists and murderers get that kind of sentencing?....

    I am sure they would get 204 years if they committed 40 counts of rape and murder. This guy did not commit one offense... this is 40 counts. Plus he defrauded the V.A., so you know the Gov't is going to get their piece of his behind. :-)

  • MzLadySmiling Jun 28, 2011

    when is Halifax County going to have some good news worthy of reporting?

  • robbincasino Jun 28, 2011

    mabachew, my thoughts exactly!