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Chatham 911 dispatchers face drug charges

Posted December 30, 2009 11:23 a.m. EST
Updated December 30, 2009 12:16 p.m. EST

— State agents on Tuesday arrested two Chatham County 911 dispatchers on prescription drug charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Stephen Todd Oldham, 37, was charged with seven counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking in opium. Bradley Jason Howard, 30, was charged with five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Oldham and Howard were placed on paid leave by Chatham County Emergency Management, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, authorities said.

The arrests followed an investigation by the prescription drug diversion unit of the State Bureau of Investigation. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrests.