Police Captain receives recognition for counterfeit drug bust

Police Captain receives recognition for counterfeit drug bust
Posted on 11/30/2017
Capt. King & Elaine

Captain Henry King of the Rocky Mount Police Department recently received much deserved recognition from Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. King, in conjunction with the Secretary of State Task Force and local officers, had been investigating an individual who was trafficking in counterfeit Viagra and Cialis medication.

Promoted to captain earlier this year, King oversees the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). It was his investigative skills that led to the seizure of more than 2,000 counterfeit pills valued at over $432,000.

Some of the pills came back from the lab and paint was listed as one of the ingredients,” said King. “When someone purchases counterfeit medication, they have no idea the harm it could really do.”

The perpetrator would purchase the pills from factories in countries such as China and Jordan for between 25 cents and 50 cents per pill and have them shipped via international mail. The subject would then sell the counterfeit medication to small local stores in Rocky Mount, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and other North Carolina cities for $2.50 to $2.75 per pill. Consumers would then purchase the pills for $10 to $12 per pill.

"We strive to keep the citizens of Rocky Mount safe, expressed King. "Keeping fake drugs off the streets is one way we do that."

King has served as an agent on the task force since 2005. The Certificate of Exemplary Service was presented to King by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall in the office of the Rocky Mount Police Department.