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Pill dealer arrested for selling at DWI hearing

Driving while under the influence is no small offense. But leaving your DWI hearing to sell prescription pills to an undercover officer in the court’s parking lot is a significantly greater matter.

That’s what a Whiteville-area woman did early last month, according to representatives from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers began investigating the distribution of pills after receiving several citizen complaints. Then, on March 7, Amanda Grant Cartrette told an undercover officer to meet her in the courthouse parking lot. She didn’t tell him that she was there to appear in Superior Court for a previous DWI charge, according to a local television news (WECT) report.

That was when, according to officers, Cardrette sold the officer Adderall and Suboxone tablets.

On March 21, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Detectives arrested Cardrette and charged her with four felonies, including selling and possessing Schedule II and III drugs.

Cartrette’s bond was set at $30,000. She has since bonded out.

She is next expected to appear in Columbus District Court to face all four charges on June 4.

The results of her DWI hearing are unclear at this time.

Sidebar notes she has bigger problems now.

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