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Social media ad leads to teen’s narcotics arrest

Hunter Todd Campbell


     Social media posts “advertising the sale of prescription medication” got the attention of Vice-Narcotics Unit detectives at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and resulted in the arrest of a Whiteville student.

     Hunter Todd Campbell, 17, was arrested after an investigator purchased both real and counterfeit drugs and detectives executed a search warrant at his home on Mill Pond Road in Whiteville, a sheriff’s office news release said Tuesday.

     Campbell was charged last Tuesday with felony counts of sale and delivery of a schedule 2 controlled substance and sale and delivery of counterfeit controlled substances, his bond set at $10,000 secured.

     Campbell was described as a student in the news release, but the Sheriff’s Office declined to say what school he attends.

     Vice-Narcotic Unit detectives, made aware of social media posts advertising the drugs for sale, made contact on social media and arranged to purchase pills from Campbell, the news release said.

     Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets were purchased by the detective, along with pills purported to be Valium, but proven to be counterfeit.

     “I will not tolerate the sale of narcotics targeting our children,” Sheriff Jody Greene said in the news release. “If you are aware of illegal drug activity being promoted on social media, please contact us.”

     For more on this story see this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.