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Raleigh police officer accused of prescription drug fraud

Posted November 17, 2010

— A Raleigh police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges that he posed as a dead man to get a prescription painkiller.

Julian St. Clair King, 26, of 106 Bermuda Green Drive, Durham, is charged with two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

Jim Sughrue, a spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department, said in a statement that a police investigation found that King used his position as a police officer to get information about a prescription for a controlled substance while responding to a death on Oct. 10.

Sughrue did not specify what the substance was but search warrants indicate he tried to get a prescription for hyrdrocodone.

King allegedly tried to get the substance from a Walgreens pharmacy on Capital Boulevard on Nov. 11 and tried again on Nov. 12.

A pharmacist contacted police after noticing the prescription belonged to a 73-year-old man.

King surrendered to authorities in Durham on Tuesday and was taken to the Wake County jail. He was out of jail Wednesday on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

Sughrue said King, assigned to the department’s Field Operations Division's Northeast District, has been with the department since December 2007.

"The investigation of the case continues," Sughrue said. "At this point, the personnel actions taken concerning King are not matters of public record."


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  • showard Nov 19, 2010

    Oh yeah he needs some help just like the thousands of drug users that he and other officers helped put in prison today. He did the crime now do the time more time especially since he is a cop.

  • e2brtus Nov 18, 2010

    man! you guy;s need some help too!!! with your spelling! ever heard of "spell check"? or better yet, a dictionary? what kind of example are you for the "most educated pop./area in the State of NC"? or are you like my brother in law;Dr.XVZXVZ,who only uses his head for a beer portal?

  • wildcat Nov 18, 2010

    He knew right from wrong but chose the latter. Of course the precription drugs more than likely had a barer over his mind. He should get some help for his drug use.

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  • wildcat Nov 18, 2010

    He used a dead man's identity and will be charge with that. What a law officer. We expected better from him.

  • simplyme29 Nov 18, 2010

    White Pony....and furthermore, I have had a lot of experience with a loved on dependent on painkillers and the help and treatment they can obtain if wanted. My 21 year old son was addicted to opiates terribly and is alive today from the help he received and is still receiving...So for you to assume so many things, perhaps, you are not so right!

  • simplyme29 Nov 18, 2010

    white pony....
    What I think is that if you are in pain then your Dr. would perscribe the medication that you need. There would be no reason to obtain pills by fraud. My father has cancer and he is perscribed Fentenal patches which he changes out every three days. He does not steal other peoples perscriptions. He does not need help due to the fact he needs the meds. Someone that is not in pain and steals scripts has a problem or knows someone that does that would cause him to lay his career on the line. So as far as what you said being smart?...I beg to differ!

  • notagain1903 Nov 17, 2010

    leo-nc, Can you ever make an actual comment about he story instead of going through all the comments and harrassing the people voicing their opinions on the STORY, not what everyone else is saying?He took an oath to Protect and serve, he studied the law, he knew it was wrong and he did it anyway. I have no compassion for a man wearing a badge and a gun that can knowingly do such a thing!

    Very well said my hat is off to you. Too bad he doesn't realize HE is the one giving ALL LEO's a bad rap with his arrogance!!!!!!!

  • Realamerican71 Nov 17, 2010

    Don't judge an entire department by the actions of one individual. What he did was wrong, no arguement. But this shouldnt reflect negatively on the rest of RPD. For the most part all of the LEO's I have worked with are very professional. Just think about the people you work with, most have integrity, but there's always that one who doesnt. This shouldnt reflect negatively on your place of work. Generally, these people work themselves out of the system. Just like this former Officer.

  • WhitePony Nov 17, 2010

    "What I said was I hope who ever has the narcotic dependency gets help...NOT by being thrown in a pscyh ward. These are not even affiliated to another..." - simplyme29

    First of all you're assuming that anyone even has a narcotic dependency here. Second, you're assuming that everyone with a dependency needs 'help.' Do you think anyone would rather live in excruciating pain every second of their lives rather than take a pill twice a day? Would you? Do you think anyone would rather experience stage four cancer the natural way, as long as it meant they weren't hooked on percocet? And finally, yes, they very much are affiliated, and if you had any first hand experience with the kind of 'help' that people receive in these cases you would know that.

    "Anyone charged with a drug charges by this officer should be released. He's no different, just cares a gun and badge." - haleibc

    Now THAT is the most intelligent thing anyone has said so far.