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Darrin Franklin Eakins
Darrin Franklin Eakins

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit arrested a former doctor on multiple felony drug charges after he was stopped on a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway.

Darrin Franklin Eakins, 49, was arrested Tuesday afternoon while boating in the waterway near Carolina Beach, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. The marine unit was patrolling the waters when they “noticed a boat nearly run aground and traveling erratically,” Brewer said.

Deputies stopped the boat and spoke with Eakins, who was reportedly the driver, Brewer said. While searching the boat, deputies reportedly found three guns, prescription drugs and methamphetamine.

Eakins was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance, two counts of possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and one count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

According to N.C. Medical Board records, Eakins’ medical license was revoked by the medical board in April 2014 after he was convicted of possession of cocaine.

Eakins has been convicted of five felonies, including larceny and possession of a schedule II controlled substance, according to the N.C. Department of Corrections. He was convicted of five misdemeanors, including his most recent conviction on a DWI charge in September 2014, for which he received 24 months of supervised probation.

Eakins was booked at the New Hanover County jail and placed under a $100,000 secured bond. He has since been released.