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Two Campbellsville residents face charges in drug investigation

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The charges come after a nine-month investigation by multiple agencies

By Zac Oakes

Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested and face multiple charges following a nine-month investigation into fraudulent obtaining and distribution of prescription drugs. 

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Kori Posey, 32, and Donald R. Thompson, 36, both of Wickliffe Avenue in Campbellsville, were listed in a Kentucky State Police report as being involved in the investigation. Posey was arrested and lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Thompson has been lodged at TCDC since Aug. 21, according to the detention center’s website. 

According to an indictment released last week, Posey faces 20 counts of obtaining a controlled substance without a patient/provider relationship, 10 counts of identity theft, and a second-degree drug trafficking charge, in addition to a third-degree drug trafficking charge. 

In total, Posey faces 32 charges according to her indictment. Of those 32 charges, 31 are deemed Class D felonies, each punishable in the state of Kentucky by a 1-5 year sentence. The other charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum 12 month sentence, as well as a $500 fine. 

The indictment states that Posey’s bond was set at $20,000 full cash. 

Thompson faces four charges of obtaining a controlled substance without a practitioner/patient relationship, as well as a persistent felony offender charge. 

Thompson’s bond was set at $25,000 full cash, according to his indictment. 

The nine-month investigation involved the illegal distribution of more than 1,000 buprenorphine, which is sold under the brand name Subutex as well as suboxone (when combined with naloxone), which is used to treat opioid addiction.

It is a prescription medication, and according to a release from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Posey and Thompson allegedly fraudulently obtained these drugs in four counties by using other people’s identities. 

Investigators from Kentucky State Police confirmed that the four counties in which the prescriptions were used are Taylor, Adair, Marion, and Hardin counties.

The fraudulent prescriptions were discovered  by investigators using the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, known as “KASPER,” which is part of the Office of Inspector General in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

“It’s important for practitioners to know they can help prevent prescription fraud by performing periodic checks of their controlled substance prescribing by reviewing a reverse KASPER,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Inspector General Steve Davis.  “Practitioners can report suspected prescription fraud to their local police department and the Office of Inspector General.”

“Our KASPER program is an important and effective tool in helping providers track scheduled narcotics dispensed in Kentucky,” added CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. “We continue to strengthen its capabilities and identify gaps to assist providers making decisions about patient care and combatting abuse, misuse and diversion.” 

Multiple agencies were involved with the investigation including the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch, the Columbia Area High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Drug Task Force, the Campbellsville Police Department, the local Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Inspector General. 

Additional details will be released as they are made available by investigating agencies.

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