POMEROY — A local pharmacy technician was arrested on Thursday morning after admitting to agents with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy that she stole hydrocodone from the pharmacy where she worked.
Stacy A. Hawk, 33, of Middleport, was arrested by the Pomeroy Police Department after prescription drugs were found inside her vehicle. According to Jesse Wimbley, Public Information Officer with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Hawk worked at Fruth Pharmacy in Pomeroy.
Hawk was booked into the Middleport Jail on felony charges of possession of drugs Thursday.
Following Hawk’s arrest, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, assisted by the Middleport Police Department and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant on Hawk’s residence in the 600 block of Grant Street in Middleport. The search warrant yielded the recovery of prescription drugs, weapons, and drug paraphernalia from the home.
Hawk’s boyfriend Tony Robinson, 36, who was at the home during the search warrant, was arrested for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.
Both Hawk and Robinson appeared in Meigs County Court on Friday afternoon according to Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams.
Hawk was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony of the third degree. The complaint filed with the court states that Hawk was in possession of a 500 count bottle of hydrocodone/APAP, which is a schedule III controlled substance.
Robinson was charged with six counts, including three felonies and three misdemeanors. He is charged with tampering with drugs, a felony of the third degree; possession of a controlled substance, a felony of the fourth degree; trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree; possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor of the first degree; drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; and possession of a controlled substance, a minor degree misdemeanor.
The complaint filed states that Robinson was in possession of hydrocodone, diazepam (a schedule IV drug), marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In addition, it states that the hydrocodone and diazepam were contained in bag without the proper label. The charge of trafficking in drugs states that Robinson allegedly prepared the pills for shipment, delivery, or distribution.
According to Williams, bond for Robinson was set at $50,000 with 10 percent allowed and Hawk was released on an own recognizance bond.
According to a media release sent by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, the agency began its investigation after receiving information from an investigator with the Pomeroy Police Department. The information stated that the pharmacy Hawk worked at was experiencing significant losses of various strengths of hydrocodone tablets.
Wimbley added that the information was received by the Board of Pharmacy on Nov. 6, and the Pomeroy Police had started an investigation prior to that time.
The initial call for the fire department and others indicated the possibility of a methamphetamine lab located at the residence. This, however, was not the case, according to officials.
It was unclear as of press time when Hawk and Robinson will make their next court appearance.