NC Highway Patrol sergeant indicted in drug case

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WASHINGTON, N.C. — Authorities said a North Carolina Highway Patrol sergeant is among six people facing charges stemming from illegally obtaining and distributing prescription drugs.

The six have been indicted by a federal grand jury on 259 counts ranging from knowingly and intentionally obtaining controlled substance prescription drugs by misrepresentation to fraud and deception. The indictment alleges the prescription crimes began in April 2007.

The State Bureau of Investigation confirmed that one of the six charged is Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Owens, who the patrol says is on administrative duty. Owens has been with the patrol since 1989.

Also among the six indicted is former Washington, N.C., police officer Justin Mixon.

All six were arrested Thursday. They have been released from jail under unsecured bonds of $25,000 each.