BULLS GAP — Three people from Kingsport who had just returned from an Atlanta Pain clinic Monday with what police describe as “huge” pill prescriptions are now behind bars accused of attempting to traffic those pills.
It reportedly cost $800 Monday at the Bulls Gap Pharmacy for Kendra Deanna Wade, 39, 691 Chadwick Drive Apt. 4, Kingsport, to fill prescriptions for 120 30-miligram oxycodone and 90 15-miligram oxycodone pills. HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater said the street value of those pills is right at $5,000.
Richard Dion Rogers, 43, 356 Wahoo Drive, Kingsport, also received prescriptions for oxycodone, dilaudid, and percocet from the Atlanta pain clinic. Gillenwater said Rogers was unable to fill his prescriptions Monday because it hadn’t been long enough since his last refill.
Also allegedly along for the ride to Atlanta Monday was Ryan Andrew Allen, 23, also of 356 Wahoo Drive, Kingsport, who is Rogers’ stepson.
Around 6:30 p.m. Monday the HCSO Narcotics Unit received a tip that there would be a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Bulls Gap Family Dollar across Highway 11-E from the Bulls Gap Pharmacy.
Narcotics officers were at the scene and had surveillance in place within minutes of receiving the tip.
“Narcotics officers observed a black Mercedes M-Class and a Silver Honda CRV sitting together in the side parking lot of the Family Dollar,” said Sheriff Ronnie Lawson. “Numerous individuals were observed to be in and around the vehicles. Narcotics officers approached the vehicles and identified the two occupants of the Mercedes to be Wade and Allen.
“The occupants of the Honda CRV were identified as Rogers and Patricia Ann Graham.”
Wade reportedly didn’t have the $800 needed to fill her Atlanta pain clinic prescriptions at the Bulls Gap pharmacy.
Lawson said his officers learned through their investigation that Graham, 45, 1129 Birdwell Street, Kingsport was called by Rogers to provide the $800 in exchange for 80 30-miligram oxycodone pills.
The 80 pills that Graham was allegedly going to receive for $800 would have a street value of $2,400.
When deputies searched Wade’s newly filled prescriptions they allegedly found the 30-milligram bottle short 80 pills. It was later determined that the 80 pills had been placed in a plastic baggy, but had not yet been transferred to Graham.
When the suspect noticed the deputies approaching, Allen allegedly concealed the baggy with 80 pills in a body cavity.
“It was also determined that Ms. Graham had given Mr. Rogers the $800, and he and Ms. Wade had went into the Bulls Gap Pharmacy to have the Atlanta prescriptions filled,” Lawson said. “Both vehicles had then pulled across the street to Family Dollar to complete the illegal drug transaction.”
Lawson added, “During a later interview with Mr. Allen, he told narcotics officers that he had concealed the 80 oxycodone pills inside a body cavity as narcotics officers approached. Due to the high potential for a lethal overdose, Mr. Allen was immediately transported to the Hawkins County Welmont Emergency Room in order to have the pills properly extracted by a physician.”
Rogers and Graham were charged with criminal responsibility for delivery of Schedule II narcotics. Wade was charged with delivery of Schedule II narcotics. Allen was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver.Rogers’ Mercedes M-Class S.U.V. and Graham’s Honda CRV were seized by narcotics officers.
Graham was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Rogers and Wade were arraigned Wednesday, and as of Thursday remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on a $50,000 bond each.
Allen was also arraigned Wednesday and as of Thursday remains lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $75,000 bond.