Nursing assistant faces drug crimes

Sarah Willets Staff writer

November 21, 2013

ST. PAULS — A 34-year-old nursing assistant has been arrested after using a prescription from a dead patient to get painkillers, according to a statement from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Maria Dawn Locklear, who lives on the 100 block of Drywall Lane, St. Pauls, was arrested Sunday shortly after trying to pick up the drugs at Walgreens on Hope Mills Road in Fayetteville, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to the statement, Locklear filled the prescription for 60 Oxycontin tablets four days after her patient, who had suffered from colon cancer, died. She worked as a hospice nursing assistant in Pembroke.

Locklear is charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and attempting to traffic opium by possession, the statement said.

She was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.