Moore County woman charged with exploiting elderly disabled person, stealing their Hydrocodone

Cheryl Leann Smith (Moore County Sheriff's Office)
Cheryl Leann Smith (Moore County Sheriff's Office)

ROBBINS, N.C. (WNCN) – A Moore County woman has been arrested and charged with exploiting an elderly disabled person in order to steal their prescription drugs, Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced.

Cheryl Leann Smith, 46, of Robbins, has been charged with exploiting disabled and elderly person, trafficking in opiates, felony possession of methamphetamine, felony maintain vehicle to keep a controlled substance, simple possession of Schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies went to a home on Jesse Phillips Road on Oct. 24 to investigate a case of someone exploiting an elderly and disabled person who lived at the residence. During the investigation, it was determined that a friend of the elderly person was stealing their prescription Hydrocodone and replacing it with Acetaminophen, which is a generic brand of Tylenol.

During the investigation, deputies identified the friend as Cheryl Smith. She was found at the victim’s residence and deputies then conducted a search of Smith and her vehicle. Smith consented to the search, authorities said.

During the search, deputies found 35 doses of Hydrocodone, six doses of Oxycodone, a gram of methamphetamine, half-full bottle of Acetaminophen, and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The 35 doses of Hydrocodone found during the search had been stolen from the victim’s prescription pill bottle, authorities said.

Smith was placed into the Moore County Detention Center in lieu of a $90,000 secured bond.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Moore County District Court in Carthage on Nov. 8.

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