SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A married couple is facing felony charges for trafficking drugs near Granite Quarry Elementary School, and are the subject of an investigation involving several counties in North Carolina, according to the Rowan Sheriff's Office.
Thursday, Delbert Dean Roys, 46, and his wife, Christie Michelle Roys, 47, were arrested in Salisbury by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office on multiple charges involving a fraud scheme to primarily obtain prescription narcotics.
The arrest happened after a traffic stop by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol on I-85 North in Rowan County.
"They were traveling from county to county, staying in motels, staying in whatever place they could find," Chief Deputy David Ramsey of the Rowan Sheriff's Office told WBTV. "We had been checking various motels up the I-85 corridor from Cabarrus County into Rowan trying to find them for days and we always seemed to be one step behind and then yesterday afternoon the NCSHP was working traffic enforcement on I-85 North and they observed a vehicle towing another vehicle with a strap and it turned out to be our two wanted suspects."
The Roys were already under investigation before the traffic stop by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and by law enforcement agencies from across the Piedmont including the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Stanly County Sheriff's Office, Thomasville Police Department, Kannapolis Police Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and the Gaston County Sheriff's Office.
An investigation showed that since August 2014, maybe before, the Roys were allegedly manufacturing fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam (known as Xanax), and asteroid using doctor's names from Kannapolis, Charlotte and Huntersville, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.
The prescriptions were reportedly being passed or attempted to be passed at pharmacies in Salisbury, Rockwell, Granite Quarry, China Grove, Charlotte, and Kannapolis, according to investigators.
At the time of the arrest, Christie Roys and Delbert Roys were also on probation in the State of Oklahoma, and arrest warrants were outstanding for Christie Roys arrest in Oklahoma on fraud charges.
"They had similar conduct in Oklahoma and were actually on probation there," Ramsey added. "I think they just basically took what they were doing there and starting doing it here in NC."
Delbert Roys was charged in Rowan County with two counts of conspiracy to traffic opium/heroin, and three counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. Delbert Roys bond was set at $500,000.
Christie Roys was charged in Rowan, Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties with five counts of trafficking opium/heroin, one count of attempt to traffic opium/heroin, eight counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, three counts of attempt to obtaining controlled substances by fraud, four counts of possess with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver controlled substances, and three counts of possess with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substances within 1000 feet of a school (Granite Quarry Elementary School). Christie Roys bond was set at $520,000.
The investigation is ongoing and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office says more arrests and charges are expected.