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Two Columbus County women are in jail, facing major drug charges. Penny Booth of Tabor City is charged with possession and trafficking the painkiller Lorcet, an opiate, and maintaining a store for the purpose of distributing the drug. Booth owns and operates a convenience store called 1004 Grocery on Old Stake Road near Tabor City. Booth is being held on $1 million dollars bond. Former pharmacy employee Lisa Thompson is being held on $2 million dollars bond. She’s charged with stealing hundreds of pills from Kerr Drug, and then selling them to a dealer. Thompson is from Tabor City. She faces a number of charges, including trafficking narcotics, obtaining pain medication by forgery, and fraud.


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