News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2009
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Pageland Pill Pusher Put in Prison

JUN 5 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated that Craig Tadlock, age 50, of Pageland, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute the prescription drug OxyContin.  United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Tadlock to 41 months in federal prison.

In 2006 and 2007, Tadlock supplied money and pills to Jonathan Simpson, age 25, also of Pageland, to obtain OxyContin illegally.  Simpson created fake prescriptions for OxyContin using a computer at a library in Monroe, North Carolina. He then forged a doctor’s signature on the prescriptions and supplied them to Tadlock and others to present to pharmacies in Monroe, North Carolina, and in Chesterfield and Darlington, South Carolina.

The case was investigated by DEA Diversion and the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office handled the case.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov, which takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.

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