A state trooper is under investigation by the SBI for allegations of "doctor shopping" to gain access to prescription drugs.
Jennifer Canada, a spokeswoman for the office of Attorney General Roy Cooper, said an investigation of patrol 1st Sgt. Tim Baldwin was opened Jan. 14 at the request of the Sanford Police Department. That investigation is still ongoing.
Baldwin, a trooper since 1992 who is posted to Lillington, has been placed on administrative duty by the patrol.
Maj. Kevin Gray with the Sanford police said the request for an investigation was triggered by a tip to a narcotics officer. Gray said the AG's office was contacted because they have access to a statewide list of perscriptions for controlled narcotics.
Gray described "doctor shopping" as the act of going to several doctors to gain multiple prescriptions for tightly regulated pain killers, such as OxyContin or OxyCodone.