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Pharmacy employee charged with stealing, selling drugs

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Keawna Lucas (Source: Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team) Keawna Lucas (Source: Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team)

One woman is in custody for selling prescription medication she stole from her employer.

Earlier this month, members of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team Pharmaceutical Division Unit began investigating a possible theft of prescription pills after they received a complaint from an area Kroger pharmacy. The pharmacy told  authorities that they noticed a discrepancy concerning their Alprazolam count and immediately called CNT.

CNT agents, Kroger Loss Prevention, State of Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency and the Drug Enforcement Administration launched a criminal investigation and identified Keawna Lucas, 25, a pharmacy employee, as their primary suspect. Authorities found that Lucas had stolen more than 4,000 Alprazolam pills since spring of 2012 and had been selling them for a total profit of $12,300.

Authorities arrested Lucas Wednesday and charged her with obtaining a controlled substance by theft and sale of controlled substance. She is currently being held at the Chatham County Detention Center.

Pharmacies are required by law to have regular counts of prescription medication. Law enforcement is immediately contacted when theft is suspected.

Alprazolam works by slowing down the movement of chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced, which results in a reduction in nervous tension. It is used to treat anxiety, disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression.

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