- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The State Bureau of Investigation says a Red Springs police lieutenant is accused of fraudulently obtaining narcotic painkillers in four counties.

A statement on the agency’s website says 48-year-old George “Tommy” Thomas Wright Jr. was arrested in Lumberton after an investigation.

According to the SBI, Wright went to doctors in Cumberland, Robeson, Hoke and Scotland counties complaining of pain in his back, neck or tooth so he could get a prescription for hydrocodone.

Wright, who was arrested Wednesday, is charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, trafficking opiates and trafficking by possessing opiates. He is free on $25,000 bond, and it’s not known if he has an attorney.

The SBI said Wright has been on unpaid administrative leave since being charged with similar offenses in Cumberland County in July.

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