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Charlotte doctors face drug charges

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte police have charged two eye doctors with drug trafficking after investigators said the doctors wrote fake hydrocodone prescriptions for some patients and stole the pills.

Police said in a statement that Dr. Benjamin Hobbs and Dr. Samuel Hobbs are each charged with trafficking in opiates, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and larceny. The brothers own Clear View Eye Care.

The men were taken to jail. It was not clear if they have attorneys.

Investigators said victims told them the brothers wrote prescriptions for hydrocodone and asked that they return to the practice with the filled prescriptions. Police said while the victims were at Clear View Eye Care, some or all of the drugs were removed from the pill bottles.

The doctors have offices in Matthews and Charlotte.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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