When one hears of a drug bust in Baltimore, one usually thinks of marijuana, cocaine, heroin or some other illegal drug or controlled substance. One might not think of hydrocodone. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, hydrocodone is only available in combination with other drugs. It is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. Hydrocodone relieves pain by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It is highly addictive. Some use it to get high.
Hydrocodone pills were among the 12,000 pills stolen from a St. Mary’s pharmacy recently. It was not stated which hydrocodone combination was stolen, although some common combinations are Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Anexsia, Lorcet, Lorcet Plus and Norco. Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the pharmacy break-in and theft.
The St. Mary’s pharmacy was actually broken into twice. The first time in August about 1,600 hydrocodone pills were stolen. The second time on November 19, about 11,000 pills were stolen. A 27-year-old man from Mechanicsville has been arrested and charged with theft and second-degree burglary. A second individual from Wicomico Shores was also arrested, although no charges were reported as of yet.
At the time of the arrest, the police allegedly found about half of the stolen pills and also a safe that had been stolen from the pharmacy. The street value of the stolen pills was more than $275,000.
The two individuals charged are in serious trouble, although everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Maybe someone else living with the 27-year-old stole the drugs and the safe? Or perhaps the police didn’t follow proper search and seizure procedures and the evidence may be disallowed? A vigorous criminal defense and investigation may be the best chance for these two individuals.
Source: Southern Maryland Newspapers, “St. Mary’s pair charged in theft of thousands of pills,” John Wharton, Nov. 28, 2012
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