ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A Rowan County doctor and his wife have been accused of being involved in a major prescription pill scheme.
Police said the couple convinced teachers and staff from several local schools to help them get their hands on 25,000 powerful painkillers.
China Grove doctor Orrin Walker, his wife, Abby Walker, and six other people — most of whom are teachers and employees at three local schools, were all indicted by a grand jury.
Police say that for more than a year Orrin and Abby orchestrated the major prescription pill operation to feed their own addictions.
According to WSOC, Abby Walker was a teacher at Bostian Elementary and she convinced three co-workers — Meredith Raynes, Alisha Christian, Tammy Eudy and Teresa Seagroves (the administrative assistant at McKnight school in Kannapolis) — to help her obtain pain medication.
Police say Summer Thomason, a teacher at Southside Christian Academy in Salisbury and a friend, Crystal Maness, also helped Walker and her husband, a physician at Main Street Family Practice, get their hands on the hydrocodone pills.
“He would write the prescriptions in their names. They would pick them up and in turn, turn the medications over to her,” Police Chief Eddie Kluttz said. “The information was exchanged at the schools. We have evidence that the pills were exchanged at the schools.”
Kluttz said he was not aware of people taking the pills at the schools, but it is possible.
Officers do not believe children were ever in danger but Rowan-Salisbury School Board member Chuck Hughes is extremely concerned that teachers and employees are accused of illegally obtaining the painkillers.
Hughes plans to push for changes at the school board meeting Thursday, which would include routine random drug testing on every school employee and school board member.
If the Walkers are convicted of ‘Level Three’ trafficking, they face mandatory prison time.
Since the investigation began in March, Orrin Walker surrendered his medical license and his wife resigned from teaching at Bostian Elementary.