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Three in Moore County accused of 'doctor shopping' to obtain drugs

Posted April 9

Separate investigations have led to three arrests of suspects accused of “doctor shopping” to obtain prescription drugs from different physicians, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Two women and a man were charged in schemes that netted thousands of doses of pain killers and other medications. Investigators said the suspects did not tell each physician that they were seeing other health care providers.

Holly Celeste Beasley, 30, of 1976 Wadsworth Road, Carthage, is charged with trafficking opiates and obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation of a health care provider. Police said Beasley saw 10 different health care providers in the state between July 2012 and February 2013, obtaining 40 prescriptions for 402 doses of oxycodone, 390 doses of hydrocodone, 433 doses of buprenorphine, 41 doses of morphine, 672 doses of alprazolam and 507 doses of amphetamines.

Beasley was released from the Moore County Detention Center under a $20,000 unsecured bond.

Linda Rhodes Gulledge, 64, of 150 Safie St., Rockingham, was charged with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation of a health care provider, five counts of trafficking opiates, five counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, four counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.

Investigators say Gulledge received 63 prescriptions from 10 different health care providers in the state for 3,480 doses of methadone, 1,190 doses of oxycodone, 130 doses of hydrocodone and 1,521 doses of alprazolam.

Gulledge was released from the Moore County Detention Center under a $20,000 unsecured bond.

Billy Gene Ledwell III, 24, of 1919 Ardsley Road, Rockingham, also was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation of a health care provider, trafficking opiates and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. Investigators said he saw two health care providers in Moore and Richmond counties and obtained 16 prescriptions for 360 doses of hydrocodone and 527 doses of buprenorphine.

Ledwell was released from the Moore County Detention Center under a $15,000 unsecured bond.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Rockingham Police Department assisted with the investigations.
 

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  • dwr1964 Apr 10, 10:19 a.m.

    It's people like this who are doing the most damage. Not only are they making it harder for people who really do need pain meds to get them, but they are also the ones supplying the streets with narcotic pain medication. Hopefully, there are a few teens who can't get their fix now. Truth is, when one supply dries up, another one is there to pick up the slack.

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 10, 9:39 a.m.

    This is sad, because there are those who benefit and really need some of these med, but things like this creates the fear in doctors, and keep them from giving what they know to be the right med.

  • changedmyname Apr 10, 9:29 a.m.

    This really makes me mad. How could they obtain these drugs when I try to get 30 tablets of Claritin D 12 hour which last 15 days. Two tablets a day. Which means you have to get 2 packs for 30 days to make it through allergy season. And I get denied? Not even close to the limits. So now I have to pay 60 dollar co pay to see a doctor get a prescription. What a racket.