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Pharmacy worker guilty of stealing opioids from employer and selling them

A former Concord pharmacy employee had pleaded guilty to eight felony drug charges stemming from a 2018 undercover investigation. A  Superior Court judge sentenced Jeanna Sechrest Wilson, 35, to between 70 and 93 months in prison following her plea to the following charges:

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•       Two counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee

•       Two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin

•       Two counts of maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place to sell controlled substances

•       Two counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule II substance.

In early August 2018, a source tipped off officers that an employee of a local pharmacy was selling unopened bottles of oxycodone that were embezzled during work hours. Throughout the month, undercover officers purchased oxycodone from Wilson in the parking lot of the pharmacy and at her home.

Authorities arrested Wilson as she was leaving work Aug. 29, 2018.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) performed a pharmacy audit that found at least 9,200 dosage units of 15 mg and 30 mg oxycodone tablets missing from the pharmacy over a 15-month period. Due to incomplete pharmacy records, the audit was unable to determine the total amount of oxycodone missing for the entire three-year period during which the thefts took place.

Members of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Bureau of Investigation Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, DEA Tactical Squad and Concord Police Department participated in the investigation.

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