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Locals caught selling Rx drugs
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six more Nash County residents on charges of selling prescription drugs.

The arrests are part of an eight-month undercover drug operation targeting street level suspects. The Sheriff’s Office has been working for over a year on Operation:Punisher to infiltrate organizations operating in Nash County who distributed prescription pills, ecstasy pills, cocaine and marijuana. Sgt. Dennis Wooten, of the Narcotics Division of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, said the two operations were tied together.

During the month of December, the Sheriff’s Office arrested one person each day as part of the operation.

Prescription drug abuse has become a big concern for the Sheriff’s Office. In 2008, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office seized 348 prescription pills with a street value of $5,350. In 2009, from January to October, the Sheriff’s Department seized 1,483 prescription pills, with a street value of $46,715.

Last Thursday,  April 15, Nash County Sheriff’s Office arrested six more for prescription drug abuse.

James Hinnant, 61, of Spring Hope, was charged with four counts of trafficking in opium, two counts of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver opium  and sell/deliver opium. Hinnant was placed in the Nash County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Also charged was 25-year-old Christy Bolin of Bailey. Bolin was charged with possession with intent to sell Clonazepam pills, sell/deliver Clonazepam pills and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. She was placed in Nash County Jail under a $2,000 secured bond.

Annin Prince, 20, of Nashville was charged with selling and delivering opium. She was placed in Nash County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Lindsey Lassiter, 25, of Middlesex, was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; $10,000 unsecured bond.

Angela Poland, 27, of Middlesex, was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine and selling or delivering cocaine. Poland was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Michael O’Neal, 21, of Wilson County, was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute opium and conspiracy to sell opium. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Sgt. Wooten said operation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

“We continue to get information on people selling prescription pills,” Wooten said. “We continue to work on them.”

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