Synthetic Opioids

July 23, 2019

Mt. Pleasant doctor found guilty in federal court of opioid trafficking after Columbia pharmacy visit

CHARLESTON, S.C. – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Dr. Ronald A. Hargrave, 60, of Mt. Pleasant, has been convicted of illegal distribution of controlled substances after a four-day jury trial in federal court in Charleston. Senior United States District Judge Margaret B. Seymour of Charleston presided over the trial and will sentence Hargrave at a later date.

July 8, 2019

Chinese national pleads guilty for failing to report foreign national bank account

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lili Bian, a 59-year old citizen of China and a lawful permanent resident of the United States living in Charlotte, appeared in federal court today and pleaded guilty to failing to report a foreign bank account with a balance exceeding $10,000, announced U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Andrew Murray. U.S. Magistrate Judge David C.

June 12, 2019

Jury finds podiatrist guilty of operating pill mill

ATLANTA – Dr. Arnita Avery-Kelly, a licensed podiatrist, has been found guilty on federal charges of illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and other drugs at clinic locations purporting to provide podiatric care in Sandy Springs and Lithonia, Ga.


May 6, 2019

DEA’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day yields fruitful results in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolinians participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, turned in 11, 825 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at sites set up throughout the state. The amount collected was the highest total collected during the previous 16 NTBI events.

DEA US Badge
United States Drug Enforcement Administration is an official site of the U.S. Department of Justice