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E. Fishkill cops: Pharmacist stole 1,400 hydrocodone pills

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A Dutchess County woman stole 1,400 hydrocodone tablets from a CVS pharmacy where she worked, according to East Fishkill police, who said on Friday that it was the largest volume of prescription drug theft they have seen in their jurisdiction.

Managers at the Hopewell Junction CVS noticed missing stock of the prescription narcotic, an opiate commonly known as Vicodin, and began an internal audit, East Fishkill Lt. Kevin Keefe said.

Store management called police on Tuesday, and officers arrested 21-year-old Jamila White of Hopewell Junction. White worked behind the pharmacy counter as a technician and had access to prescription drugs, police said.

She "sold them in their entirety to another person" and was not dealing the pills herself, Keefe said. The investigation continues, and Keefe said detectives are looking to track down the person who bought the pills in bulk.

Police didn't have a street value for the pills. Keefe said East Fishkill police have been handling prescription drug theft cases with increasing frequency.

White was charged with five felonies, including fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sale.

She was arraigned in Town of East Fishkill Court and was released, pending a court hearing on May 24. A phone number listed under White's name in Hopewell Junction was disconnected as of Friday. Messages were left with Melissa Pasquale, the Dutchess County prosecutor assigned to the case.

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