Woman accused of having 529 pain pills
IRONTON — Authorities say the arrest of an Ironton woman and seizure of 529 oxycodone pills this week marked the largest seizure of the pain killers from a single individual in Lawrence County.
Rebecca Allen, 43, of the 900 block of Park Avenue, was arrested late Tuesday on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs.
The residence is the same apartment house where a person died from a drug overdose several years ago, said Det. Aaron Bollinger of the Lawrence County sheriff's office.
The arrest followed a two-month investigation and several undercover drug buys, said Dave Marcum, an investigator for the Lawrence County prosecutor's office. Both Bollinger and Marcum are members of the Lawrence Drug & Major Crimes Task Force.
Authorities seized $1,958 in cash and the prescription drugs with a street value of $13,830, according to a news release from the task force.
"We've had larger amounts of prescription drugs seized, but this was the largest, single seizure from one individual," Bollinger said. "The pills weren't in prescription bottles, they were in baggies. We believe they are coming in from the Detroit area."
"We've had complaints about drug activity in that area," Marcum said. "We've definitely made a dent in the prescription drug problem. The price for the pills is going up. It used to be we would get a dollar per milligram, or $30 for a 30-milligram pill. Now they're going for $35 or $40 for a 30-milligram pill."
"We're hearing more about heroin, so that's an indication pharmaceuticals are becoming harder to get," Marcum said.
Heroin and oxycodone are both opiates, Marcum said.
Allen was arrested about 10 p.m. Tuesday at her residence off Park Avenue, Bollinger said. She was transported to the Lawrence County Jail in Ironton.
She has a previous conviction for trafficking in crack cocaine, according to the news release.
Ironton police and sheriff's deputies assisted in the raid, according to the release.