Police think one of their own officers illegally tried to obtain a controlled substance from a pharmacy by using the medical prescription of a dead man, according to search warrants made public today.
Investigators have charged Julian St. Clair King, 26, of 106 Bermuda Green, Durham, with two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, court records show.
Investigators say King went to Walgreens, 3911 Capital Blvd, on Thursday and Friday and attempted to purchase a prescription Hydrocodone, according to five search warrant applications filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
King was one of the Raleigh police officers who responded on Oct. 10 when a 72-year-old man died at home. Raleigh police Sgt. T.S. Jordan stated in the search warrant application that investigators think Oct. 10 is when King got his hands on the deceased mans medication list.
A prescription for Hydrocodone was on the mans medication record at a Kerr Drug and the deceased mans wife notified the drugstore on Oct. 18 of his death, Jordan stated.
Someone, however, transferred the prescription on Nov. 1, via the Internet, from Kerr to Walgreens on Capital Boulevard.
When the attempt was made to have the prescription filled, a Walgreens pharmacist saw that the stores records indicated the person who legitimately held the prescription had died. He then notified the police.
Jordan reviewed Walgreens security video and recognized King as the person who attempted to get the prescription filled and as the officer who investigated the Oct. 10 death. Another Raleigh police commander, Lt. K. Riggsbee, also reviewed the footage and confirmed that the man in the video appeared to be King.
Police obtained a series of search warrants on Saturday to search Kings home and seize a Dell laptop computer, three Apple iPhones and a computer tower as evidence in the investigation, court records show.
Also among the items investigators seized was a medication list for the deceased man, police reported.
King turned himself in to Durham police Tuesday and was taken to the Wake County jail on Wednesday, where he was released on an unsecured bond, a jail spokesman said.
The investigation is ongoing and Raleigh police say department disciplinary actions taken so far in the case are not public record.