John McQuire, 57, 625 Holly Springs Cemetery Road, Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of Schedule II controlled substance, possession of Schedule IV controlled substance, vandalism, and theft of services. His son, David McQuire, 40, 1814 Ayers St., Dyersburg, Tenn., was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance.
With the proof of the McQuires selling prescription drugs, Jackson along with other deputies executed a search warrant at John McQuire's residence. Inside, deputies found a safe, which contained a pill bottle prescribed to Johnny McQuire for 90, 60-milligram, morphine pills; a bottle of hydro-morphine pills; a bottle of oxycodone pills; and $580 in cash. In total, the deputies seized $1,384 in cash, a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, 1997 Ford pickup truck, a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck, a bank account containing $4, 213.36, a 50-inch flat-screen television, and a number of shotguns, rifles, and a pistol.
The McQuires were reportedly capable of making $1,800 a month in sales of the morphine pills from the one prescription of John McQuire's.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said prescription drug abuse is a problem that law enforcement agencies across the nation are dealing with and Dyer County is no different. He stated his department is taking an aggressive stance in an effort to end such activity.
"Not only are we attacking meth, but we are battling prescription drug abuse, which is one of the worst problems we have," said Box. "Anytime we get information about these illegal activities we are definitely going to go after them and put a stop to it."
Both McQuires appeared in Dyer County General Sessions Court and were given bonds. John McQuire was released on a $5,500 bond and David McQuire was released on $5,000 bond.