Year-long investigation busts prescription drug resale ring

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Submitted: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 2:19pm
Updated: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 3:52pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington couple is in jail charged in connection with an alleged prescription drug resale ring. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Division says detectives arrested Joseph Scott Apodaca, 44, and Jessie Layne McCallie, 29, Friday as the result of a nearly year-long investigation.

Detectives say they executed a search warrant at the couple’s home on Bird Nest Court in Wilmington. Inside the house detectives say they found prescription medications containing controlled substances.

Det. E. K. Luther learned during his investigation that Apodaca and McCallie received lawful prescriptions from legitimate physicians. Investigators say where crimes began was when the couple began to repackage their prescriptions and sell them to other people.

Detectives say during the investigation Apodaca sold amphetamines and opiate-based pain medication containing oxycodone to an undercover agent. Deputies also found cash and a combat-style shotgun along with a small safe.

Apodaca is in jail under a $500,000 secure bond for 20 criminal charges ranging from possession of drug paraphernalia to trafficking in opium. McCallie received a $300,000 bond for seven charges, including trafficking in opium.

Det. Luther said that some aspects of the investigation continue, including identifying co-conspirators and customers.


  • Joanne Casey says:

    She got out bond free! Allegedly her mom had a “stroke” and she got out bond free. How is that a good example, what is that saying to the public? NOT COOL!

  • Das Weibstück says:

    How are these turds getting so many pills? What Dr. is giving them prescriptions over and over?

    Dr’s know when you are abusing drugs. I had to have pain killers a few weeks ago, I got 30 pills NO refills. I have a legitimate reason verified by X-rays.

    Do they Dr. shop?

    These are class 4 drugs, you have to show ID and sign for them.

  • Guest13 says:

    I wish they would investigate my neighbors!

  • Charles Walters says:

    Now wait and see how many people come out and support them saying what good people they are. If you go back and read stories like this one, there are just tons of idiots who will defend drug dealers and murderers. Just look at all the people who spoke up for the fools who killed the man delivering chinese food just a couple of months ago. These people need to be put under a flat rock and squished so they can not peddle this crap to anyone ever again. Now I will wait to see how many fools tell me I have no right to judge people who sell drugs to children or any one else.

  • Guestgustd says:

    That is a busted looking 29! Good advertisement for NOT doing drugs. RUFFFF!

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Good job NHCSO !!!

    Wilmington Observer

  • cintrek says:

    I for one do not do any drugs, illegal, prescribed, OTC, none of it for any reason. But remember we are a pill popping/pushing society. It’s on the airwaves, sponsored in every magazine, newspaper throughout this country, a drug store on every corner. Pharma companies are the legalized drug dealers. It’s too easy to pop a pill for any reason. If our children don’t behave then they’re ADHD so pop a pill, obese-pop a pill, etc. There is a market for the pills so there are going to be folks promoting it & it is very easy to get a prescription from a doctor anywhere. Congrats to the police for at least getting this much out of the hands of others but remember there are others to take their place. To the person who takes pain pills legitimately there are much better ways to free yourself of pain then popping pills. Mind/Body healing does work-my husband freed himself of pain from pancreatic cancer (extremely painful) without being drugged up on morphine & lived a much better life. I take care of my arthritis without drugs. Alternative treatments do work without the dangerous side effects of drugs. Drugs should only be used in the most extreme but even terminal illnesses can be taken care of without drugs.

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