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FIRST ON 3 INVESTIGATION: Court documents outline former deputy's addiction to Oxycodone

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Court documents we obtained today show that former New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Antoine LeBlanc started visiting the CVS Pharmacy on College Rd. and 17th St. with what may have been forged requests for drugs starting in November 2012. During this time, Lt. LeBlanc was second in command of the Vice and Narcotics Division.

The indictments handed up by a grand jury Monday claim that LeBlanc turned in his first forged court order on November 5, 2012, with the fake signatures of both a judge and an assistant district attorney.

He didn't stop at the CVS again until mid November, but the documents allege that LeBlanc went three times in a week with fake requests - on November 18, 21 and 23, 2012. In early December, LeBlanc turned over more fake documents according to the court records.

Then around Christmas 2012, LeBlanc's visits became more regular. Once on Dec. 18. Again on Dec. 23. Then it became even more habitual. The grand jury documents say he went to the CVS and requested oxycodone on Dec. 26, 27 and 28, and then on New Year's Eve. LeBlanc went again the very next day New Year's Day 2013, the indictments allege. After not showing up for a couple of days, he was back requesting more drugs day after day from Jan. 4-7. The records shows he went to the CVS at least 18 times during the month of January.

In court Monday it was revealed that LeBlanc attended a rehab center in California at some point, but it's not clear when. LeBlanc did voluntarily submit to a live-in rehabilitation facility in California at some point.

His attorney, J. Michael McGuinness, said LeBlanc "completed (the) program and was placed back in the narcotics unit where he was exposed to the very types of medication that had addicted him."

Once back at work, LeBlanc got hooked again.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon says he and his staff did not know about LeBlanc's issues.

"Neither I nor my staff have ever had any credible information that LeBlanc attended any drug rehabilitation center," McMahon said today in a statement. "Furthermore, LeBlanc was questioned by a staff member in March of 2013, in which he adamantly denied attending any drug rehabilitation. Prior to June 2013, LeBlanc never failed a drug test. He was given and passed random tests in 2011 and in 2012 in accordance with Sheriff’s Office drug policy."

While LeBlanc passed those tests before June 2013, he wasn't fired until June 11. The Sheriff's Office refuses to confirm if LeBlanc failed any drug test between June 1 and June 11.

Only five days later, Sheriff McMahon announced he was reorganizing the Vice and Narcotics Division. Lt. J. Hart was also transferred out of the division.

So far, District Attorney Ben David has had to drop 31 total counts of drug charges against nine different defendants because LeBlanc handled the cases, according to the StarNews.

LeBlanc is in jail under a $500,000 bond, but it is not clear where he is being held.

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I hope He enjoyed

the prescription meds He stole, percasets & oxy-morphine's... LEGALLY prescribed to some folks..

STEP UP JOEY!!!

Jo Jo here is your chance to take down the dirty top brass with you. As a community in general we have a right to know who all is involved with this. Others than Joey LaBlanc are well aware about this big mess.

While drug enforcement may

While drug enforcement may have been his field of expertise, putting him back into the drug unit when he completed rehab has to be one of he dumbest things the sheriff could have done. Put him in Criminal Investigations, Patrol, anywhere else. You don't throw someone that has just come off drugs back into a situation that tempts him/her to backslide and revert to the old ways. Not only has this guy destroyed himself, he has destroyed a lot of confidence in this agency with the assistance of the Sheriff's office administration member who made this decision (along with the Sheriff's approval).

its very 'painful' work to be in the drug unit

the Worst pain, seeing all the worst things that drug addiction causes humans to do, this isn't the first time a cop needed pain meds for this line of work. The charges are too extreme.

R u seriouds

So you mean to tell me bc he is a cop it's too extreme. I don't think so bc if it was a "drug dealer" people would say that is what he gets. I think that he should be held to a higher standard and he needs to get time like the rest of the people that do this even more. A regular citizen will go to jail if they have pain pills. Please set an example of his butt

From the story

"Neither I nor my staff have ever had any credible information that LeBlanc attended any drug rehabilitation center," McMahon said today in a statement. "Furthermore, LeBlanc was questioned by a staff member in March of 2013, in which he adamantly denied attending any drug rehabilitation. Prior to June 2013, LeBlanc never failed a drug test. He was given and passed random tests in 2011 and in 2012 in accordance with Sheriff’s Office drug policy."

Nobody knew he had a drug problem.

In jail?

One database has him out of custody on a general release.