Pharmacy technician accused of prescription drug trafficking

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RCMP believes over 7,000 prescription narcotics distributed over last several months in this case

Queens District RCMP has issued this photo of prescription drugs seized in connection with a drug trafficking case against a pharmacy technician in Cornwall.

CORNWALL — RCMP has arrested a pharmacy technician with Murphy's Pharmacy in Cornwall and charged her with prescription drug trafficking.

The technician has been charged with theft over $5,000; two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking; and two counts of trafficking a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 

Murphy's Pharmacy management contacted the RCMP after noticing a breach in their internal procedures surrounding their inventory of narcotics over the past several months. RCMP says the accused is believed to be responsible for the theft and illegal distribution of over 7,000 prescription narcotics during that time.

"The abuse of prescription drugs is known to be a direct cause of many other serious crimes in our communities and is being recognized as a significant threat to Islanders, most significantly, our youth," states a news release from RCMP. "The Queens District RCMP treats these concerns as a priority and is pleased to see business and community members assisting in the efforts to stop the misuse of prescription drugs."

Phyllis Shirlene Curtis, 38, of Kensington is scheduled to appear in Charlottetown Provincial Court July 22 to answer the charges.

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Prince Edward Island

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