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Hazel Beatrice Thomas (mug shot SCSO)

A woman from Galena who is facing charges of distribution of a controlled substance is facing new charges related to those cases.

Stone County prosecutor Matt Selby says Hazel Beatrice Thomas, 69, allegedly accepted stolen and forged checks for payment of Morphine, Zanax, Soma, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone that weren't prescribed to her.

According to the probable cause statement, Jason Payne stole 29 checks from his mother and stepfather between April and May of 2012 and wrote them for a total of over $5,000 to Thomas for payment of drugs.

Payne told investigators that Thomas had "been calling and threatening him because she claims he owes her $5,000" for a drug debt.

On June 27th Stone County deputies and members of the COMET drug task force served a search warrant at Thomas' house at 520 W. 4th Street and seized the prescription drugs, marijuana and a total of $8, 296 in cash. Also seized were checks written on Payne's mother's account.

Court documents say that Thomas, who is now facing the additional charge of fraudulent use of a credit/debit device, admitted to selling prescription medication and accepting the stolen checks as payment from Payne.

Thomas, who has pleaded not guilty on all three cases, turned herself in to Stone County authorities this morning and quickly posted $25,000 bond. She's due back in court on August 7th, according to Selby.