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Brunswick County man ordered to prison for illegal prescription possession

A 46-year-old Brunswick County man was sentenced to prison on drug trafficking charges, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s office.

Ritchie L. Carson of Bolivia, N.C., was sentenced to a minimum of 90 months and a maximum of 117 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for trafficking by possession and transportation of the prescription pain medication oxycodone, according to authorities.

Carson was arrested following an investigation by sheriff deputies and the Shallotte Police Department into break-ins of area pharmacies, according to the release. When police searched Carson's home they seized more than 11,000 pills, a coat and a ski mask.