Regional Roundup: Suspected Opium Grow in Winder, Doctor Shopper Charged, and Rabies Alert in Gwinnett

A look at top Patch stories from around Georgia.

-- Barrow Patch

The is awaiting information from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab to determine what criminal charges may apply in a suspected opium grow. 

About 900 plants were seized from a Northcrest Drive home in Winder on Saturday, May 5, 2012. 

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– Douglasville Patch

The Special Investigations Division of the  arrested Stacy McCalvin, 38, for fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, according to the Sheriff's Facebook page.

McCalvin is accused of visiting several different doctors in the Metro Atlanta area and obtaining a wide variety of prescription narcotics. Each of the Doctors offices involved were unaware that McCalvin was seeing other medical professionals and receiving the same type of prescription narcotics. Over an extended period of time, McCalvin obtained approximately 26 different types of prescriptions in a fraudulent manner and had the prescriptions filled at local pharmacies. She was taken into Custody on May 3. 


-- Loganville-Grayson Patch

Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement confirmed that a cat tested positive in the state's laboratory for rabies on May 2. The cat was picked up from the area of Lake Carlton Road, Loganville, in unincorporated Gwinnett. The concern by neighbors was the close proximity to and . Officer R. Weldon with GCAWE said the cat was a domestic cat that had spent some time outside and returned showing symptoms of the disease. The state laboratory has now confirmed the animal was infected.

They suggest that if you or anyone you know has been bitten or scratched by any stray animal, or if you know of anyone handling this animal, call the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Office at 770.339.3200 ext. 5576.


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