NC School Employees Surrender In Drug Ring Case

CHINA GROVE, N.C. (WCNC) -- Teachers and employees of the Rowan School district were booked into the Rowan County Justice Center after allegedly obtaining prescription pills illegally and giving them to an area doctor.

On Wednesday five of the eight indicted suspects surrendered to authorities.

Overnight Crystal Maness surrendered, and Wednesday Abby Walker, Meredith Raynes and Tammy Eudy, all of whom worked at Bostian Elementary school, came forward.

Also Teresa Seagroves, an administrative assistant at McKnight School in Kannapolis, turned herself into police.

The China Grove doctor at the center of this Hydrocodone trafficking, Dr. Orrin Walker, did not surrender Wednesday, however authorities believe he'll come forward Thursday. The China Grove Police Department tells WCNC Alisha Beaver Christian and Summer Knight Thomason are also expected to turn themselves in on Thursday. Those who surrendered had no comment about their charges.

China Grove Police say Abby Walker sought out coworkers and friends to assist the couple in the scheme.

Investigators allege the other suspects agreed to use their names for prescriptions, and they would pick up, pay for and deliver the pills to the Walkers. Dr. Walker would call in the prescriptions with the names, police say, without having a medical relationship with the suspects.


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