The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Rockwell women Tuesday in a drug trafficking scheme that allegedly had the pair using prescription pads stolen from a Concord plastic surgeon to write fake prescriptions for pain medicines.
It had been going on since 2010, officials said.
One suspect, Renee Hale Stowe, age 42, who lived in the 200 block of Middlebrook Drive, worked as a surgical assistant for a plastic surgeon in Concord, and she stole prescription pads from the business, officials said. She then forged prescriptions using her employer as the provider, officials said.
The prescriptions were placed into the names of multiple persons, including hers, her family members and the second suspect, Denise Kay Furgeson, 48, who lived in the 2600 block of Lower Stone Church Road.
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The investigation, which had been ongoing for a month, showed that fraudulent prescriptions were passed in Rowan and Cabarrus counties since at least 2010 for an assortment of opioid medications. It appears that the family members were unaware their names being used for the prescriptions, officials said.
Stowe’s employment was terminated when the doctor’s office was made aware of the ongoing investigation. Charges against her include trafficking opium, six counts of obtaining Percocet, Lortab and Norco by fraud/forgery; and six counts of trafficking by possession. Bond was set at $100,000.
Furgeson was charged with conspiring with Stowe to traffick opium by possession, six counts of obtaining Percocet by fraud/forgery; and six counts of trafficking opium by possession. Bond was set at $250,000.
On Thursday, April 9, 2015, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Southern Piedmont District and their Clandestine Laboratory Response Team executed a state search warrant at Furgeson’s residence and discovered a methamphetamine laboratory.
Two occupants of the residence were charged, but Furgeson was not. This matter is still pending in Rowan County Superior Court.