The Haywood County multi-agency drug task force recently arrested three men in association with the theft of prescription pain medication from an elderly woman.
Officers with the U.N.I.T. (Unified Narcotics Investigative Team) received information last week that liquid morphine being prescribed for a patient receiving end-of-life care was being stolen from her home on Walnut Trail. The task force also received information that known drug users and dealers had been frequenting and staying at that location.
The task force conducted a welfare check on the elderly female at the residence, and during the course of the investigation, seized several items of drug paraphernalia and five guns. Arrested on April 22nd in connection with the crimes were James Barnett, Phillip Szostak and Andrew Clubb of Waynesville.