Phillip Barbour, Jonathan Walker

Prescription meds arrests in Washington

Published 9:00pm Thursday, January 24, 2013


On Tuesday, drug unit investigators charged two Washington men with possession of marijuana and controlled substances.

A press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit said a vehicle investigators had under surveillance yielded Oxycodone, a pain medication, Suboxone, a drug used for opioid addiction, and marijuana during a traffic stop.

According to the release, the drug unit found three Oxycodone pills, one Suboxone pill and a plastic bag containing marijuana in a cigarette pack belonging to Phillip Barbour, 25, of Cedar Lane.

A spokesman for the drug unit said that when investigators stopped the vehicle, they smelled marijuana and saw a white, powdery residue in Barbour’s nose.

At the time, Barbour was arrested for possession of Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substances and possession of marijuana.

Jonathan Walker, 19, of Iron Creek Drive, a passenger in the vehicle, had no ID on him, so he offered to take investigators to his house to retrieve it, said the release. When Walker and investigators walked into the house, it also smelled like marijuana, so the drug unit did another search, this time finding a small quantity of marijuana, digital scales, marijuana grinder, marijuana smoking pipe and two Alprazolam prescription pills, according to the drug unit spokesman. Alprazolam is known by the trade name Xanax.

Walker was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Barbour was detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $1,500 secured bond. Walker was detained in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $300 secured bond.

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