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Year-long investigation busts prescription drug resale ring


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.

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