A Mecklenburg County man struck a Lincoln County narcotics investigator Thursday night during a struggle at an area pharmacy where deputies said they responded to investigate an incident about a possible forged prescription.
Three Charlotte men were charged in the incident including Courtney Stephon Redfearn, 36, of 1623 Newland Road, Jetaun Maurice Cloud, 24, of 1011 Johnson Street and Javonte Tamal Fox, 25, of 1724 Long Paw Lane, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Drug officers responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 108 South N.C. 16 in Denver, with assistance from deputies in the Criminal Investigation Division and the agency’s Baker and Charlie districts.
Deputies said the three suspects gave the pharamacist a doctor’s prescription for hydrocodone and alprazolam for a person named Taylor Newton.
The name proved fake, the Sheriff’s Office said.
While officers took two of the men into custody without incident, they said, a third suspect resisted arrest, resulting in a struggle with an investigator.
The struggle damaged the deputy’s cell phone, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Redfearn, who was jailed under a $75,000 secured bond, faces one felony count each of trafficking heroin, attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, conspiracy, possession of a counterfeit instrument and uttering a forged instrument.
Additional misdemeanor charges were filed against him, deputies said, for resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer, injury to personal property, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and assault on a government official. His bond was increased to $150,000.
Cloud, who received a $100,000 secured bond, faces one felony count each of trafficking heroin and conspiracy.
Fox is accused of one felony count each of trafficking heroin, conspiracy to traffic heroin, conspiracy and possession of a counterfeit instrument. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for cocaine possession, deputies said.
Fox was placed under an $100,000 secured bond.
Investigators are looking into additional instances of forged prescriptions involving the suspects, the Sheriff’s Office said.
An investigation is continuing, and more charges may be filed against the men in the future.
Redfern has a long criminal history dating back to 1994, involving at least three felony convictions in Mecklenburg County for common law robbery, larceny after breaking and entering and selling a controlled substance, public records showed on the state’s Department of Corrections website.
Redfern also served an at least four-year prison sentence in a North Carolina correctional facility.
Fox additionally has a felony conviction on his record for common law robbery, NC DOC listed.
The crime took place last year in Iredell County.
All three suspects remain in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under bonds that have since been increased following first appearances.