NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say one man's attempt to supplement his income led to his arrest and a long list of prescription drug charges.
According to authorities, 49-year-old Heyward Dalton, Jr. stole prescription pads and began writing prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers and anti-anxiety pills. He fraudulently obtained nearly $11,000 in prescriptions and sold them, according to the South Carolina Department of Heath and Environmental Control and the U.S. Marshal's Service.
Dalton was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He was arrested at the Motel 6 on Ashley Phosphate Road.
Dalton told investigators he sold the prescriptions to supplement his income.
"It appears you're selling the drugs because I saw the photos, and it looks like a drug store to me," bond court Magistrate Linda Lombard to Dalton.
According to affidavits, officers found bottles of Oxycotin, Amphetamine, Methadone, Hydrocodone, Diazepam and Alprazolam in Dalton's motel room.
Amphetamine is a schedule II stimulant used to treat narcolepsy and Attention Deficit Disorder. Oxycodone and Methadone are schedule II pain relievers usually prescribed when non-narcotic pain relievers are ineffective. Hydrocodone is a schedule III narcotic typically used to treat severe pain. Diazepam and Alprazolam are schedule IV narcotics typically used to treat anxiety disorders, muscle spasms and panic attacks.
Dalton is currently being housed in the Charleston County Detention Center under $300,000 bond. He was released from prison in April after serving three years for a burglary conviction.
The SC Department of Heath and Environmental Control and the U.S. Marshal's office handled the case.