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Onslow sheriff's deputy faces drug charges


JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- An Onslow County sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with improperly obtaining prescription drugs.

The State Bureau of Investigation says 27-year-old Joseph Mark Karaszewski has been charged with five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by improper prescription or withholding information from a medical professional.

Warrants accuse Karaszewski of obtaining 24 hydrocodone pills from a dentist, 15 acetaminophen tablets with codeine from a doctor and cough syrup with hydrocodone-chlorpheniram from a physician's assistant. The warrants say he obtained the narcotics for his personal use.

Investigators say he visited medical professionals three times in October and twice in November.

Sheriff Ed Brown says the officer worked with the narcotics unit until six months ago. Karaszewski resigned just before his arrest.

It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

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I knew this guy. He's not an addict. He's a stand up guy who is good at his job. Someone had it out for him. The amount of meds their reffering to are minimal. All I gotta say is I hope he beats this. He's slways been one hell of a guy and cop. Hope the best for you man.

such a shame ...

Doesn't the Sheriff's office drug screen their employees for safety/liability reasons and to weed out these drug-seekers who are supposed to protect and serve?

Cop with pills

A painful dental problem followed by a taste of these colds that have been going around is all it would take for him to deserve that medication. I think someone in the cop shop had it in for him. That is not a whole lot of drugs, nothing in comparison to what he posably could have stole in his job .


The punishment for any officer convicted of a crime should be twice as harsh as it would be for a private citizen. No, I'm not a cop hater but they should know better than anybody.