Four sentenced in Dillon-based prescription drug ring

Four people were sentenced Tuesday in federal court for participating in a Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone.

Tracey Lee Rowell, 41, of Latta, was sentenced to 20 years in prison according to a press release from the United States Attorney's office. Rowell was "the ringleader" according to the release.

Bobby Lee Scott, 29, of Dillon, was sentenced to 70 months in prison.

Denise Locklear, 35, of Latta, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Lakisha Marie Clark, 28, of Dillon, was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

The release said that evidence presented established that Rowell was the leader of a prescription forgery ring.

Rowell provided forged prescriptions to co-conspirators, who then had the prescriptions filled in pharmacies in South and North Carolina. They would then provide the pills to Rowell, who used some and sold some. Rowell also shared some of the pills with others in the conspiracy for their personal use, according to the release.

The drug of choice was Roxicodone, a brand name for Oxycodone, which is a highly addictive painkiller.

The typical prescription was for 120 pills; the total conspiracy involved almost 42,000. Each tablet had a street value of $20 to $25, according to the release. The conspiracy involved over $900,000 in prescription pills.

The case was investigated by the newly formed Tactical Diversion Squad of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Winston Holliday of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.