June 17, 2018
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Rite Aid pharmacy tech charged in Presque Isle narcotics theft

Julie Condon
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A pharmacy technician working at a Rite Aid in Presque Isle was charged with stealing drugs and theft after she was arrested on July 12 by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Julie Condon, 46, of Easton is accused of stealing narcotics and supplying them to a police informant, according to Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander.

Crandall said Tuesday that Condon was arrested at Rite Aid shortly after MDEA agents witnessed her supply a confidential informant with 25 hydrocodone tablets that she stole from the pharmacy. Once alerted by the MDEA, management at Rite Aid completed an internal audit and reported several thousand dosage units of hydrocodone and alprazolam missing, according to Crandall. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever and alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and pain disorders, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

It is alleged that Condon stole and supplied these drugs to more than one person during a period of six months or more, but the total amount of missing drugs was not available to MDEA investigators until Rite Aid officials completed their audit.

The Aroostook County district attorney’s office now has the case and will be handling the prosecution.

If convicted, Condon faces up to five years in prison.

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