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Raleigh police officer accused of prescription drug fraud

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

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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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