A Pinehurst woman was arrested on drug charges and obtaining controlled substances by fraud, according to a news release from the Moore County Sheriff’s Office.

Moore County Deputies arrested Stephanie Gast, 42, on Wednesday for obtaining controlled substances by withholding information from health care providers, trafficking opiates, and other related drug charges.

Gast was charged with obtaining a controlled substances by misrepresentation/withholding information from a health care provider, two counts of trafficking in opiates, and felony possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

Sheriff Neil Godfey announced Gast illegally filled 29 prescriptions from eight different health care providers which gave Gast 1,170 doses of hydrocodone, 210 doses of oxycodone, 90 doses of hydromorphone, 30 doses of fentanyl, and eight doses of buprenorphine.

According to the news release, oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl are opioid narcotics and are listed as Schedule II in the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act. Hydrocodone and buprenorphine are also opioid narcotics and are listed as schedule III.

Gast was placed in the Moore County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond.  She is due in court on January 23rd, according to arrest records.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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