Category: Drug Trafficking



A Kinston physician must surrender his license as a part of his sentencing for drug trafficking charges.

Dr. Douglas Elry Watford, 60, of Kinston, had already gotten into hot water in March 2015 after he was disciplined by the North Carolina Medical board for violating controlled substance regulations. That same March, he was charged with violating federal regulations. Then he was arrested in April on six counts of illegally distributing hydrocodone and Xanax. The drugs are considered Schedule II and Schedule IV controlled substances, respectively.

On April 8 of this year, [...]

Over the past several weeks, there has been an onslaught of drug trafficking news stories in North Carolina. What does this mean for our state and for those who are currently facing drug trafficking charges?

Let’s take a look at a few of the more prominent recent cases.

  • Owners of the Animal Hospital of Nags Head in eastern North Carolina – Barrett and Patrice Welch – were arrested on felony drug trafficking charges for opium and heroin. The deputies of Dare County began an investigation when allegations arose that the Welches were inappropriately

A Philadelphia man was recently extradited to North Carolina to stand trial for sending heroin through the mail to an NC woman. But the most serious charge he faces isn’t for drug dealing—it’s for second-degree murder.

Sean Michael Harrington is a 25-year-old man from Pennsylvania. In late August he was arrested for his role in the fatal overdose of Elisif Bruun, a 24-year-old addict who was staying at a recovery center at the time of her death.

Bruun’s autopsy found heroin and cocaine in her system. An investigation following Bruun’s death found the [...]