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Charlotte doctor investigated, 3 arrested in connection with 2012 fatal overdose in Stanly County

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

A Charlotte doctor is under investigation and three people have been charged in connection with the 2012 fatal overdose of a Stanly County man, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Dustin Nicolas Jolly, 26, John McClellan Glenn, 34, and Leah Christine Glenn, 27, were all charged with felonies related to the death of William Mitchell Hudson in April 2012, authorities said.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office in Chapel Hill concluded Hudson died of acute fentanyl overdose, the sheriff’s office said.

Since Hudson’s death, investigators with the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the N.C. Medical Board have investigated how Hudson got the drugs that led to his death.

Jolly was charged with involuntary manslaughter, felonious possession with the intent to sell and deliver fentanyl patches, and felonious sale and delivery of fentanyl patches, the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jolly was arrested Aug. 2 and taken to the Stanly County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $100,000 bond.

The Glenns, who are married, operated a business in Midland called the Smokn’ Penny, a tobacco store located on N.C. 24/27 near the intersection of U.S. 601, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said investigators believe the Glenns supplied the fentanyl Patches to Jolly that resulted in Hudson’s death.

The fentanyl patches were tracked back to prescriptions authorized by a Charlotte physician from a practice on Morehead Street, the sheriff’s office said.

The physician remains under investigation by the N.C. Medical Board, according to authorities, who did not identify that doctor.

The Glenns were both charged with conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, and maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance.

The investigators made a series of undercover buys from the Glenns, some of which took place inside their business, after Hudson died, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Glenns were charged with those drug transactions.

During a search of the Glenns’ business, authorities said they seized a large amount of cash, prescription drugs and heroin.

The Glenns’ four children, all under the age of 15, were inside the business during the arrests and search. The children were released to the care of a relative.

The Glenns are being held in the Cabarrus County Detention Center. Leah Glenn was placed under a $100,000 bond.

John Glenn was placed under a $250,000 bond.

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing and too often a deadly problem in North Carolina,” SBI Director Greg McLeod said in a statement.

“Our agents work closely with local law enforcement to solve complex and challenging cases like this one,” he stated.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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