Last updated: June 01. 2013 1:30PM - 922 Views
Anthony Gonzalez
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An Elkin pharmacy may have helped nab a suspect allegedly involved in a stolen prescription padding operation.

A warrant for arrest has been filed by the Elkin Police Department for Christopher Blaine Settle of Yadkinville after he allegedly used a false prescription to gain Alprazolam and Oxycodone, say police records.

Police say the prescription pad was reported stolen from a medical center in Huntersville, N.C.

According to the warrant, Settle used the stolen prescription at the Bridge Street Pharmacy in Elkin.

“We did issue two warrants on Christopher Blaine Settle. Both warrants were served by Dobson PD,” said Elkin Police Chief Monroe Wagoner.

The prescription padding investigation is ongoing.

Related to the Elkin case, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects believed to be using the same stolen prescription pad.

According to a release by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies say they began their investigation back in March of 2013 when they received information that the suspects where obtaining multiple prescriptions from several pharmacies in North Carolina.

“The suspects would use several different names and would “drop off” the prescriptions and then return later with a fraudulent ID or use their real names in some cases in order to pick up the prescriptions,” said the report.

Incarcerated is Randall Darron Pruitt, 22 of Yadkinville. Pruitt is charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking in opiates by possession. He is being held in the Yadkin County Jail under a $15,000 Bond.

Also arrested is Lelia Gene Settle, 37 of Yadkinville. Settle is charged with 2 counts of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, 2 counts of sell and deliver a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking in opiates by possession.

The investigation scope includes the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Yadkinville Police Department, Elkin Police Department, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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