7 arrested in Aiken County fake prescription bust; 4 more wanted

Seven people have been arrested and four are wanted as Aiken County agencies concluded an investigation into fake drug prescriptions.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Aiken and North Augusta departments of public safety were involved in the lengthy investigation into a ring of people printing and passing fake prescriptions.

According to an Aiken County sheriff’s news release, the suspects were seeking to obtain oxycodone and hydromorphine. Several computers, prescription paper and illegal prescriptions were seized during the investigation.

Police have charged six people with one count of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud: Amber Marissa Lowe, 26, of Glover Street in Warrenville; Michael James Mitchell, 59, of Augusta Road in Beech Island; Debra Estee Boatwright, 42, of Graystone Drive in Beech Island; Brittney Lynn Vines, 22, of Lucerne Avenue in North Augusta; Jonathan David Bridges, 27, of Traylor Street in Hephzibah; and Charlie Gene Wenner, 21, of Cedar Drive in Aiken.

Brittney Diane Barrett, 28, of Sand Bar Ferry Road in Beech Island was charged with three counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud.

Police are seeking four more suspects who face at least one charge of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud: Leslie Alan Murphy, 32, of Sand Bar Ferry Road in Beech Island; William David Paul Beasley, 29, of Railroad Street in Bath; Christina Ann Lewis, 40, of Corley Drive in North Augusta; and Jessica Brooke Grey (Bell), 20, of Daily Drive in Bath.

Anyone with information on the wanted suspects can contact the sheriff’s office at (803) 648-6811 or Crime Stoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

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