LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A Lincoln County couple is accused of forging prescriptions for narcotics.

Wednesday night around 7:30, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies were called out the The Drug Store in the 2600 block of East Main Street on a report of a couple attempting to pass fake prescriptions.

The Sheriff's Office says Amber Elizabeth Henson, 30, and Kristopher Benjamin Henson, 33, of Maiden, presented two prescriptions, one for Alprazolam and one for Oxycodone, to pharmacists at The Drug Store.

Since the couple had never patronized the pharmacy, they were required to fill out paperwork and wait until the prescription was approved. That's when employees called law enforcement.

Amber is charged with two felony counts each of attempting to obtain prescriptions by forgery and uttering a forged instrument, in addition to one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance Schedule II and conspiracy. Amber is also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is set at $40,000.

Kristopher is charged with two felony counts of attempting to obtain prescriptions by forgery and one felony count each of conspiracy and probation violation. He was also served with several outstanding misdemeanor warrants, officials say. Kristopher's bond is set at $35,500.

The Sheriff's Office believes the Henson couple is part of a larger ring that passes forged prescriptions around Lincoln and Catawba Counties.

Authorities say the ring has been using a prescription pad stolen from a local doctor's office. Law enforcement, aware of the prescription pad theft, had already contacted pharmacies in the area and warned of the potential for fraud.

The Hensons are held in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.

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