News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 02, 2010
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Johnsonville Mother and Daughter Among Those Sentenced in
Prescription Drug Ring

FEB 02 -- Columbia, South Carolina---- Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division (AFD), announced that Melanie D. Poston age 35, her daughter Jaime Brooke Poston, age 20, Heather Nicole Owens 19, Lisa Marie Marlow 37, and John Henry Jackson, age 48, all of Johnsonville, South Carolina, were sentenced in federal court in Florence for conspiring to distribute controlled substances, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.  United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten sentenced Melanie Poston to 125 months in federal prison, Marlowe and Owens to 51 months each, Jaime Brooke Poston to five months, and Jackson to a probationary term of three years. 

Melanie Poston worked as a medical assistant at a physician’s office in Hemingway, and in 2007 began writing and forging fraudulent prescriptions for powerful pain killers and other narcotics.  She recruited others to have the prescriptions filled, including her daughter Jaime Poston,  Marlowe, Owens, and Jackson. 

Members of the group used some of the drugs, which included Endocet, Percocet, Lorcet, Lortab, Vicodin, Xanax, and Valium, and sold the rest to users on the street.  Approximately 80,000 doses were attributed to the group over the two-year conspiracy.

Another defendant, Rebecca Denise Lynch, age 28, worked at Fred’s Pharmacy in Johnsonville, and has admitted her role in having the illegal prescriptions filled.  She is scheduled to be sentenced later this week.  The pharmacy has since closed.  The investigation of others involved is ongoing.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the DEA’s Diversion Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II, of the Florence office handled the case.

SAC Benson of the DEA AFD 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 links directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs.

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