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Physician's assistant behind bars

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A local Physician's Assistant was arrested Thursday night. He's charged with illegally prescribing controlled substances.

A joint investigation between Wilmington Police and the State Bureau of Investigation led to the arrest of 62-year old Rocky Carrol Quillen.

Quillen faces multiple charges including two counts of prescribing a controlled substance without a legal medical purpose, and conspiracy to traffic an opiate derivative, called Oxymorphone.

This isn't Quillen's first offense. His medical license was suspended in 2008 for 60 days by the North Carolina Medical Board for illegally writing prescriptions for a family member.

Quillen worked as an independently contracted P.A. at the Dawson Street Family Practice for about six months. He was asked to resign in December due to suspicious activity. In a statement by his supervisor, Dr. Ronald Demas says, "I am very disappointed in Mr. Quillen. I will continue to pray for him and his family." Dr. Demas knew about Quillen's past suspension but believed it was a one-time mistake.

Quillen studied medicine at Kettering College in Dayton, Ohio. He received his medical license in 2000. His license is currently active, but it's up to the Medical Board and police to decide his fate.

Quillen also worked as a Physician's Assistant at the Chicora Urgent Care Center in Supply. He is now in jail on a $150,000 bond. If Quillen is charged with a felony, his license will likely be revoked.

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