Law and Order, State Crime Reports

Two Chicago Pharmacy Technicians Indicted for Stealing Opioids and Selling Them for a Profit

Prescription and illegal opioids are commonly abused because they are so addictive (Source: CNN)
CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)—August 13, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser

Pharmacy technicians Elizabeth Cruz, 33, of Stone Park, and Jacqueline Green, 27, of Chicago, who worked at Allcare Discount Pharmacy, 2700 West North Avenue in Chicago, were charged with allegedly stealing more than 56,000 pills of Hydrocodone and selling them for a profit.

The pair concealed the scheme by falsifying the pharmacy’s inventory to make it look like the pills had either not been received from the distributor or were dispensed to patients, according to the charges.

U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr., said at the announcement, “Diversion of opioids contributes to addiction and illegal drug sales in our communities.  Pharmacy employees who divert prescription drugs for their own profit will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“This investigation illustrates that the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will bring to justice those responsible for the theft and diversion of controlled substances, not only on the street, but also in pharmacies,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Brian McKnight.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.  The public is reminded that charges are not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.