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Drug charges stem from alleged Louisiana nursing home theft

Two Louisiana residents have been charged with serious drug charges stemming from an alleged theft of prescription drugs. Police, who were responding to a possible emergency at the home of the accused, found multiple pills that they believe belong to patients of a Slidell nursing home. The pills were allegedly packaged in individual plastic bags and were haphazardly placed around the premises.

A 46-year-old female, who is a former teacher, was arrested in connection with the incident. The police charged her with possession of a schedule II narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of a legend drug and introduction of a schedule II narcotic into a correctional facility.

Her alleged accomplice, age 36, is a former nursing home administrator who police allege confessed to taking the pills. In addition to charges of possession of a schedule II narcotic with intent to distribute and possession of a legend drug, the former nursing home director is also facing a charge of theft of property valued over $1,000.

Under Louisiana law, a legend drug is one that is intended for human use and is identified as requiring a prescription to be dispensed, or with an "Rx" label. Unlawful sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug carries serious potential penalties, including a prison sentence of up to five years, as well as a maximum fine of $5,000.

Upon questioning by the police, the accused allegedly indicated they intended to sell the medications and use the proceeds to pay off debts and for travel. It is important to remember that by law all persons are innocent until proven guilty. These defendants deserve a strong defense and an opportunity to tell their side of the story.

Source: nola.com, "Pair steals meds from Slidell nursing home to sell for Las Vegas trip, police say," Andrea Shaw, May 25, 2015

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