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Fayetteville Police employee arrested on multiple drug charges

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A Fayetteville Police Department employee was arrested Monday on multiple drug charges, including trafficking opium or heroin.

Nina Megan Joyce, 33, faces six felony drug charges and one misdemeanor drug charge. She was arrested Monday afternoon, Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock said.

Joyce is charged with one felony county of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation or withholding information, three felony county of obtaining a controlled substance prescription by misrepresentation or withholding information, and two felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

She is also charged with one misdemeanor count of simple possession of schedule IV controlled substances.

Joyce is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $65,000 bond.

Medlock said Joyce was not found in possession of drugs, nor do investigators believe she was selling or giving away the drugs. Police say Joyce received prescription drugs from several doctors and pharmacies, and it is believed she was personally using the drugs.

The investigation was prompted when a pharmacist raised concerns to police.

Police say investigators found that Joyce used seven different doctors and six different pharmacies to obtain the drugs since January 2013. Based on prescription records, Joyce had more than 600 doses of the drugs since January.

Joyce has been with the Fayetteville Police Department since 2007. She resigned Monday in her role as a civilian crash investigator.

Joyce is married to the Fayetteville Police Department public information officer Todd Joyce. Medlock said Todd Joyce was not involved.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

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