By CHRISTIN COYNE
A Houston man landed in the Parker County Jail on a warrant last week, accused of organizing an interstate drug trafficking scheme that included buying prescription pills at a Weatherford pharmacy.
Local investigators believe a group of people from Louisiana and Houston have been unlawfully obtaining oxycodone in Weatherford with the intent to distribute the medication.
Richard Karol Flanagan, 60, remained in the Parker County Jail on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity by possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
On Oct. 22, 2013, and Oct. 29, 2013, investigators stopped vehicles with out-of-town occupants who had obtained oxycodone prescriptions from a Houston doctor and filled them at Davis City Pharmacy.
On Oct. 22, Kristi Maurine Walker, 34, of Houston, and Catrell Kenard Dawson, 33, of Houston, were arrested on possession of controlled substance charges and later released on bond.
Text messages on their phones indicated the two were involved in the distribution of oxycodone and other prescription drugs and illegal substances, according to Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators.
Investigators believe Flanagan obtained prescriptions under a false name that Walker and Dawson passed at the pharmacy in Weatherford.
On Oct. 29, deputies stopped a vehicle with a group of people from Louisiana who reportedly had prescriptions filled at the pharmacy.
After reportedly driving from Louisiana that morning, they also had obtained prescriptions from the same Houston doctor and had ties to Flanagan, according to investigators.
Kindoll Marie Lamotte, 41, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, while Kalina Marie Mercier, 36, also of Baton Rouge, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Parker County law enforcement took Flanagan into custody at the Dallas County Jail earlier this month.
Investigators noted that, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, opioid pain relievers are the most widely misused or abused prescription drugs related to overdose incidents.