Crime & Courts

Wingate couple, SC man charged in painkillers case

A Union County couple and a Lancaster, S.C., man have been charged in connection with what authorities said was a scheme to traffic and sell prescription painkillers.

The State Bureau of Investigation said Michelle Lawrence Rorie, Gregory Rorie and Randall Wayne Shehane have been charged in the case. The Rories were arrested Friday in Union County. Shehane was arrested Friday in Lancaster and extradited to Union County on Monday, authorities said.

According to investigators, Michelle Rorie was a pharmacy technician at a Monroe drug store. Authorities allege Rorie stole thousands of Roxicodone pills from the pharmacy. An audit by the N.C. Pharmacy Board showed more than 6,000 Roxicodone pills were missing.

Investigators said Rorie took bottles of the pills from the store on a weekly basis for more than a year. Authorities allege Gregory Rorie then sold the pills to Shehane, saying the painkillers had a street value of about $180,000.

Investigators said the transactions took place in Union County and in Pageland, S.C., where Gregory Rorie and Shehane worked together.

Michelle Rorie, 38, of Wingate, was charged with multiple counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee and conspiracy to traffic in Roxicodone, authorities said. Gregory Rorie, 42, of Wingate, was charged with conspiracy to traffic and trafficking in Roxicodone, according to authorities. Each was released on $50,000 bond.

Shehane, 48, was charged with conspiracy to traffic and trafficking Roxicodone and jailed under $125,000 bond, authorities said.

The SBI said Shehane was arrested by Lancaster police in July in a routine traffic stop and allegedly had a bottle of 88 units of Roxicodone. That led to the investigation, according to authorities.