BURKE COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Burke County man has been sentenced to at least 18 years in prison for drug trafficking.
Franklin Raye Shell, 35, pleaded guilty to trafficking in opiates by possession and trafficking in opiates by transportation.
In May, Shell picked up 120 Oxycodone pills from a local pharmacy using a forged prescription. According to investigators, this was the eighth time he'd done that in two months.
He kept a portion of the pills for himself and sold the rest.
Shell will serve his sentence in custody of the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections.