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By Erin Smith

A former Elizabethtown doctor and his assistant were indicted in federal court in December for a pill mill they were operating in Tabor City.

Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Lynn Thompson are scheduled to appear on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the federal courthouse in Wilmington at 10 a.m. The couple is now facing federal charges after a federal grand jury issued an indictment against them in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Southern Division.

The indictment states the couple began their enterprise in October 2017 and continued through June 29, 2018, when Dr Kim and Thompson conspired together to operate a pill mill. And “did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate, agree and have a tacit understanding with each other and other persons, known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to knowingly and intentionally distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of Oxycodone and a quantity of OxyContin, Schedule II controlled substances, and a quantity of Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, a quantity of Alprazolam (Xanax), a Schedule IV controlled substance and a quantity of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1).”

The indictment lists 13 separate incidents on which Dr. Kim and Thompson are alleged to have knowingly and intentionally  distributed Oxycodone, large quantities of OxyContin, marijuana, and Schedule II controlled substances along with other Schedule III controlled substances.

Dr. Kim is charged in federal court with one count each:

*Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin, a quantity of hydrocodone, a quantity of alprazolam (xanax) and a quantity of marijuana

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone and a quantity of alprazolam (xanax)

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax)

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of marijuana and aiding and abetting

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax) and aiding and abetting

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax) and aiding and abetting

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone

*Distribution of a quantity of hydrocodone and a quantity of marijuana and aiding and abetting

Thompson is charged in federal court with two counts each:

*Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin, a quantity of hydrocodone, a quantity of alprazolam (xanax) and a quantity of marijuana

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone and a quantity of alprazolam (xanax)

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax)

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of marijuana and aiding and abetting

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax) and aiding and abetting

*Distribution a quantity of oxycodone, a quantity of oxycontin and a quantity of alphrazolam (xanax) and aiding and abetting.

*Distribution of a quantity of oxycodone

*Distribution of a quantity of hydrocodone and a quantity of marijuana and aiding and abetting

*Three counts of distribution of marijuana

The indictment also carries a forfeiture notice for property the couple owns at 8100 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro; 211 East Fifth Street, Tabor City; 303 Stake Road, Tabor City; a 2012 Mini Cooper; $55,934.54 on deposit at Anderson Brother Bank;  and gross proceeds in the amount of $222,769. The federal court also placed a restraining order preventing the sale, transfer of title or disposal of the above listed property.

The couple is being represented by Matthew L. Fesak of Raleigh.

 

Related articles:

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TC Doctor, Bladenboro resident arrested for “running pill mill”

 

Update: Former Elizabethtown doctor arrested as part of opioid crackdown

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