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Pharmacy tech drug charges

Friday, October 26, 2012 13:04 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News
A pharmacy technician at a La Porte drug store is accused of stealing

pain killers and other prescription medicine then selling them for thousands of

dollars.

Joshua Henderson, 22, of Michigan City was arraigned Friday in La Porte Circuit Court

on Class B felony dealing in a schedule II substance; Class C felony dealing in a schedule

IV substance; two counts of Class D felony possession of a controlled substance; two counts

of Class D felony theft and Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

According to court documents, the thefts occurred at a CVS Pharmacy in

La Porte.

Police said information developed in August that Henderson was selling large

quantities of hydrocodone.

Court documents revealed that a month later officials with the pharmacy

caught Henderson on video placing pill bottles into his pockets on at least two occasions.

He was soon confronted by store officials and gave a confession then was

terminated from his position,  according to court records.

Henderson told investigators he obtained a technician license in 2009 a year after

graduating from Marquette High School in Michigan City.

He also claimed he stole the pills and sold them to pay off $7,500 in student loans, according to

court documents.

The investigation shows he allegedly stole hydrocodone, alprezolam, and promethazine

to a single buyer, who would pay as much as $250 to $300 per bottle.

Henderson felt the buyer was using and selling the drugs he purchased from him,

police said.

According to police, Henderson had been stealing and selling pills from the pharmacy

since early in the summer and raked in more than $11,000 from the transactions.

Court documents showed that when police went to Henddrson's residence

eight bottles containing prescription pills and a plastic bag containing marijuana were

seized.

Henderson was allowed to remain free on the bond he posted Thursday.

An omnibus hearing for December 14 was set in the case.

He could face an up to 31 year sentence.