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UGA professor charged with asking student to buy drugs in Mexico

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:26 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities have issued arrest warrants against a University of Georgia professor who asked a student to illegally purchase him prescription drugs while the student vacationed in Mexico.



The student allegedly accepted money for an undisclosed nonnarcotic medication from Charles Eugene Lance. Instead of buying the drugs, though, she told a faculty member, who in turn notified UGA police.

Police learned on March 14 of Lance’s attempt to get the student to purchase the medication for him, UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.

A search of Lance’s campus office found prescription pills in a briefcase, he said.

Warrants were issued on Wednesday charging Lance with criminal attempt to obtain a dangerous drug through fraudulent means and three counts of possession of prescription drugs outside of the original container.

Police have spoken with the professor’s attorney about arranging for him to surrender to authorities at the Clarke County Jail, Williamson said.

Lance had not turned himself in as of late Thursday afternoon.

Lance, who teaches Industrial-Organizational Psychology, was placed on administrative suspension, Williamson said.

The situation started during a class Lance taught at UGA last month, Williamson said, in which the professor and his students discussed their plans for the upcoming spring break.

When a student mentioned she was traveling to Mexico, “He said to her, ‘While you’re there can you buy me such-and-such drug,’” the police chief said.

The students laughed it off, but when the student planning the Mexican trip stopped by Lance’s office on Feb. 24 to drop off a paper, Lance reportedly told her he wasn’t joking about buying him drugs, Williamson said.

“He said he wasn’t playing around and wrote down the name of the drug and gave her money to buy the drug,” Williamson said.

The student was initially conflicted on what to do, as the professor held a position of power over her, according to Williamson.

“(Lance) placed her in a bad spot, because she was thinking how it might effect her academically if she refused him,” Williamson said. “He also placed her in the position of getting in trouble with authorities in Mexico and the United States.”

The student confided with another faculty member she felt comfortable with, and discussions were subsequently held between UGA administrators and legal staff, Williamson said.

On Monday, and after speaking with her parents, the student agreed to assist police so that they could obtain warrants.

“It took some bravery for her to come forward like that,” Williamson said.

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 07:01 pm
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I've done it myself, more

I've done it myself, more than once. Retin A, and before the price came down, valcyclovir, acyclovir cream, and tetracycline. All of it great stuff, bought on Avenida del Revolucion, Tiajuana's main street.

A tube of Retin-A that was selling for $200 in the US, I paid $7.00. Exact same stuff.

I told the US Customs official what I had (every time), and they all said the same thing, "We don't care about stuff like that".

All they care about is diet pills and narcotics and Cuban cigars.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/20/14 - 06:39 pm
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Gee, and all I bought was

Gee, and all I bought was those $1 quarts of Juarez Bourbon and $1.25 crates of 24 bottled 12oz. Coca-Colas...as long as you had a crate of empty bottles. That cheap Juarez Bourbon tasted exactly like Jack Daniels. I lived in fear that the border agents were going to arrest me bringing it back in because I was only 19 and wasn't supposed to be able to buy liquor.

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Sweet son 03/20/14 - 07:04 pm
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Chief Williamson,

what a nit nothing case! Spend 'our' resources on something that really impacts the University that we all love!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 03/20/14 - 07:13 pm
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Chief Williamson,

what a nit nothing case! Spend 'our' resources on something that really impacts the University that we all love!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/20/14 - 07:59 pm
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Corgimom, on Avenida del

Corgimom, on Avenida del Revolucion, I bought a really nice leather blazer for $60, a fake Rolex watch for $20 (that worked for about 6 months) and a switch blade knife. The marlin tacos from a street vendor were delicious.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 08:59 pm
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I was going to go there when

I was going to go there when I was in San Diego last week, but I was having too much fun. My health insurance is balking at paying for my Celebrex, a special anti-inflammatory. It costs $715 for 3 months, which is why they are fussed up. I was going to go see what they wanted for it in TJ in case my insurance company stopped paying for it.

I guess that makes me a bad person, too.

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corgimom 03/20/14 - 09:04 pm
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I'm wondering, was it Viagra?

I'm wondering, was it Viagra?

KSL
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KSL 03/20/14 - 09:41 pm
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Corgi, welcome to Obamacare.

Corgi, welcome to Obamacare.

Or, maybe you have had crappy insurance all along.

KSL
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KSL 03/20/14 - 09:42 pm
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Sorry sweet son

I have to disagree with you on this one.

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KSL 03/20/14 - 09:51 pm
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Corgi, you seem to have an

Corgi, you seem to have an awful lot of health problems for your age and you mentioned your son has some.

None that keep you home.

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corgimom 03/20/14 - 09:53 pm
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No, KSL, this has nothing to

No, KSL, this has nothing to do with Obamacare and everything with Duke Energy wanting to cut costs.

They have been doing things like this for years, long before Obama was President. That's why I went to Mexico to buy certain drugs, and I've been doing it for years and years.

I know that you want to blame everything on Obama, but that's just not true.

Years ago, I had to take large doses of acyclovir. It was outrageously expensive- it was when it first came on the market- and my health insurance company (it wasn't even Duke Energy, it was a company in Aiken) didn't want to pay for it, either. Or my son's Retin-A for his severe acne, when he was 13. This was back in the early 90's.

You have no idea what life is truly like for chronically ill people, KSL. Your conception of health insurance doesn't mesh with what chronically ill people have faced for years. All of this is new to you- well, it's not new to us.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 11:03 pm
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KSL, thanks for your concern

KSL, thanks for your concern about me and my son. He is doing great, by the way. He just had a physical, all is well.

However, I know that you will be happy to hear that I came to Augusta last Friday and got a screening mammogram- and it looked GREAT. We are doing the happy dance, and tomorrow the genetic test for breast cancer- BRCA-1 and BRCA-2- is going off to the genetic lab.

I'll keep you posted, since you are concerned about me and my health.

I'm still waiting for the official radiologist report, he saw one minor issue, but other than that- nothing to worry about!

KSL
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KSL 03/20/14 - 11:52 pm
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When I first got into social

When I first got into social work, trained by the State of Georgia before I graduated from college, I had a client who was blind. He went to work every day. That was in 1968. What has happened to our population?

There are people posting here who have admitted to sitting at home on SS disability and there is nothing they can find to do? Because they rather collect?

KSL
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KSL 03/21/14 - 12:18 am
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Were you born chronically

Were you born chronically ill? If so, I am sorry. I come from 14 or more generations of people who lived into their 80's or beyond. My maternal grandmother died in the hospital at a few days short of 96 as a result of having a respiratory problem causing heart failure due to a cold.

I know we don't eat like they did, or like I did growing up.

What I eat, I have to get from the grocery store. I am thinking I just read something about a lawsuit and GMOs

corgimom
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corgimom 03/21/14 - 12:35 am
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If you are referring to me,

If you are referring to me, KSL, I would love to go back to work. I would far rather work than be sick. I wouldn't wish being sick on anybody. I spent years of my life in college, and now- nothing. That was never in my plans, ever.

I would go into the detail with you, but it's really nobody's concern but mine, my doctor, and Social Security, and it's really inappropriate for you to judge me on things that you know absolutely nothing about.

Being blind is not an illness. It is a physical disability, but a blind person is not ill- unless they have an illness in addition to being blind. There are two facets to disability- physical disability and illnesses, and the two are separate and distinct. The physical disability people are far more likely to go back to work than people that are ill. People want to lump the two together, but they are very different.

However, if you feel that strongly about it, feel free to call Social Security disability. I can provide you with the number, if you like. Just remember, there are penalties for filing false reports- they get nonsense like that every day- and I have no problem discussing it with Social Security. I can just see it now- because they ask you how you know that I'm not disabled- and you can say "I know that she can work because of what she posts on a blog. She goes to California, to visit her family." After they would get done laughing, they would say, "Have you seen her doctor's reports? Have you gone with her to a doctor? Have you seen her when she's sick? (Then you get to say that you've never even met me.)"Do you know exactly what her diagnoses are, are you familiar with her care plan? Do you know what medicines she takes? Do you know what her doctors have advised her to do, or not to do? Do you know what her prognoses are? Do you know what lab tests have been done, what procedures have been done? Do you know what her doctors have said about her returning to work? How many doctors have seen her, how many is she currently seeing? Do you know what her treatment protocols are? Have you seen her while she is traveling, does she require any disabled services?"

And your answers to all of the above would be "no, I don't know any of that''.

But hey, good luck with that one.

I wouldn't dream of invading somebody's privacy, I wouldn't presume to think that I would know their personal medical details. Nor would I expect to know. I especially wouldn't expect it when I had never met that person.

I'm not even mad at you, KSL, I can only sit back and laugh. This is just so ridiculous, all I can do is laugh.

I should hook you up with my sister-in-law. She tried to pull that crap on me too, and my husband and I laughed at her, too.

KSL, you are just something else again.

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myfather15 03/21/14 - 05:34 am
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Classic!!

"and it's really inappropriate for you to judge me on things that you know absolutely nothing about."

And this person does this CONSTANTLY!! Maybe not about individual health, but basically everything else!!

Having said that, you're right about all the questions they ask. I've tried reporting several people for disability and food stamp fraud. The questions they ask, you would have to know everything back to their family origins; might even need to know if their great-great-great uncle was a Civil War drummer!! That's the problem with federal government entitlements; there is no oversight. It's almost impossible to get them to investigate individual cases of fraud.

Now, I'm not in ANY WAY, saying Corgimom is frauding anyone. I wouldn't make that assumption.

But, after seeing many of her posts on here; saying she is on limited income (SS) and lives in the poor neighborhoods; I've wondered many times how you get the money to travel so much. I've heard you talk about traveling to Alaska, California, Mexico specifically, and all over the US. I just don't see how ANYONE can travel so much, on such a limited income, but don't tell me how; because it's none of my business. I was just expressing some thoughts I have had.

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justthefacts 03/21/14 - 06:16 am
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Dang

Why do people assume that anyone cares?

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Airman 03/21/14 - 08:12 am
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SS Disability

I too draw SS on the government dole and have been doing so since 2003 made retroactive to 1999. It is a back issue that cant be faked. When I got injured in 99 I was 5'11'', I am now 5'4'', caused by damaged disc. I take morphine daily, no one will hire me, but I have been reported numerous times by noisy people because some days or weeks I can cut the grass etc. Some days I cannot get out of bed, but the purpose of this story is the government. I applied for disability in 2000, rejected numerous times and an administrative judge interviewed me and was shock. According to a physcologist under contract for the government told SS I was a fake, my problems were in my head because of alcohol abuse, had not had a drink since age 24(1986) and that I had a fear of public places and being around people and that all I needed to do was quit feeling sorry for myself and go to work. Now tell me why I had to see a physcologist for a document, inoperable back condition. Now I will make this as short as I can, In 2007 I had great health insurance, that quit my coverage because I was eligible for medicare, so I was forced into Medicare at almost $300 a month. I had to keep my other health plan for prescription coverage. Although I am in good health the drugs I do take cost north of $2k monthly. I hate having the government controlling my health care and Obamacare made it worse. My private health insurance went from $400 monthly to $700 and my deductabale went from $500 to $2000, copay from $15 to $50. So who wins with Obamacare/Hillary care? I will give you a hint; it is not the good people of this country who are working hard or have worked hard for many years. As an old buddy used to say "Guud Day...now you know the rest of the story" (used without permission)

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corgimom 03/21/14 - 02:54 pm
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Airman, it took me 2 1/2

Airman, it took me 2 1/2 years to get on disability, and when I went to the hearing, the judge apologized to me, he said he had no idea why I was denied in the first place.

Those doctors that review cases are being paid to reject claims, it happens to pretty much everybody.

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