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CVS employee booked for stealing pills, selling them with mother

A CVS employee was booked in Kosciusko County on preliminary charges of stealing prescription pain relief pills and selling them.


Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

A mother and daughter in Warsaw were booked Sunday for dealing in controlled substances.

CVS pharmacy assistant Laura Hughes, 21, was found to have stolen more than 8,000 Hydrocodone 10mg pills in the last 18 months.

Police responded to CVS Pharmacy at 100 N. Detroit Street in Warsaw at 9 p.m. Sunday, when CVS loss prevention reported theft of drugs by an employee, according to a news release from the Warsaw Police.

Police and CVS investigations found Hughes provided pills to her mother Jeannine Hart, 44. Hart sold the pills and gave the money back to her daughter.

Hydrocodone is a pain reliever often combined with acetaminophen to relieve moderate to severe pain. It’s also a narcotic used to get high because of it’s opiate-like side effects. 

Hughes said she needed the 10mg Hydrocodone pills for self-medication and for extra income to pay bills. She consumed about half of them and sold the other half for $5 per pill.

When Hughes was taken into custody, according to a Warsaw police press release, she had 189 pills in her possession and had already taken six pills during her shift.

Hughes was booked into Kosciusko County Jail on preliminary charges of a level two felony of dealing a controlled substance and level six felony theft. Hart was booked on a preliminary charge of level 2 felony charge of dealing a controlled substance.

They are being held on $17,000 surety bonds. The investigation is ongoing.


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