Alabama woman charged with drug trafficking after crash at London Wal-Mart

bestep@herald-leader.comDecember 10, 2012 

An Alabama woman arrested Saturday in London after a traffic crash at Wal-Mart had business cards from 27 different pain clinics, according to a news release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Police charged Paula C. Vines, 47, of Brookwood, Ala., with trafficking in drugs, driving while impaired and driving on a suspended license.

When deputies went to investigate a report of a crash in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store 10 miles south of London, Vines told them she had taken Xanax and pain pills, according to the news release.

Vines had more than 200 pills in unmarked bottles. She also had a bottle of pain pills in her husband's name; it had been filled three days earlier, and 39 of the pills were missing, Root said in the news release.

Vines also had a good deal of cash. She didn't know how much but said she was unemployed, according to Root.

None of the business cards Vines was carrying were for pain clinics in Kentucky, said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo Jr., spokesman for Root's office.

Acciardo said Vines was in the area because she has family in Barbourville.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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