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Cleveland Co woman arrested for buying 3,000 pills overseas

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators say a Kings Mountain woman had more than three thousand prescription pills delivered to her doorstep.

Cynthia Sandlin was charged with trafficking opium after investigators got a tip from homeland security that she bought pills from two places overseas.

The street value for the pills are estimated at between $23,000 and $25,000.

"[Cindy] was friendly, real nice..just an ordinary person, I thought," a neighbor who didn't want to be identified said.

Neighbors say "the ridge" has been known for drug activity in the past but say police have cleaned it up in recent years.

The Cleveland County sheriff says the two boxes of prescription pills included xanax, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

"I think it is becoming a very common thing for individuals dealing in prescription medication of this magnitude to seek a supplier outside the US," Cleveland County Sheriff Alan Norman said.

Sheriff Norman says that fact ups the ante on an investigation - adding another challenging layer to the war on drugs.

"I consider [prescription narcotics] the number one drug of choice in Cleveland County," Norman said.

Sheriff Norman believes Sandlin was dealing to folks in and around Cleveland County and possibly places in South Carolina.

He expects more arrests as more players are identified and the investigation continues.

"It's a continuous battle and we are up for the challenge," Norman said.

The sheriff's office has dedicated an investigator to a drug aversion unit. Norman hopes with these pills now off the street possibly one life was saved.

Sandlin is out on bond.

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