A man arrested in August for allegedly passing fraudulent prescriptions and utilizing counterfeit money at locations in Roseboro and Clinton is facing more offenses, and now stands charged with nearly three dozen felony counts of counterfeiting, conspiracy, drug possession and identity theft, investigators said.
Omega Lamont McAlister, 39, of Spartanburg, S.C., was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants that stem from the ongoing prescription medication fraud investigation in Sampson County.
He was charged with trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, obtaining property by false pretense, two counts of identity theft and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/forgery.
Bond for the new charges was set at $150,000 secured.
On Aug. 26, agents with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division received a tip in reference to fraudulent prescriptions being used in Clinton to obtain narcotics. The investigation led agents to a pharmacy in Roseboro, where McAlister and Tasha Nicole McMahand, 41, of Simpsonville, S.C., were arrested using a fraudulent prescription, according to reports.
A search of their vehicle revealed numerous fraudulent prescriptions and counterfeit currency. More than $10,000 in $100 bills was seized, along with 90 dosage units of hydrocodone, according to reports.
McAlister was charged at the time with a laundry list of charges, including conspiracy to traffic opiates; six counts of trafficking opiates; three counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; three counts of obtaining property by false pretense; three counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud/forgery; two counts of identity theft; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of possessing more than five counterfeit instruments.
McMahand stands charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to traffic opiates and trafficking opiates; possession with intent to sell/deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of possessing more than five counterfeit instruments.
McAlister was placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $625,000 secured bond at the time and McMahand was placed under $200,000 secured bond.
With the addition of the $150,000 secured bond, McAlister’s total bond in the case stands at $775,000.
“The investigation is ongoing in the case and more charges are pending,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Monday.
Clinton woman charged
In a separate case, charges were served on a Clinton woman in connection with a recent drug campaign involving the Sheriff’s Office.
LaRhonda McMillan, 42, of 2676 King Road, Clinton, has been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, dispense meds without license, trafficking opiates by possession, trafficking opiates by sale and trafficking opiates by deliver.
McMillan was taken into custody on outstanding warrants that stem from an ongoing drug investigation following the last drug campaign. Reports state that 14 dosage units of oxycodone was seized as part of the case.
She was arrested last week at a residence on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and placed under $150,000 secured bond.
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