BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- A former Beckley Police evidence technician who admitted she stole prescription drugs from the department's evidence room will spend the next four years on probation.
Senior U.S. District Judge David Faber handed down the sentence Monday to Gabriella Brown, 31, of Beckley. She pleaded guilty in December 2012 to obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge.
Brown's offense prompted the dismissal of a number of drug prosecutions that involved evidence stored in the department's evidence room, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller told the Daily Mail in August that a Beckley officer noticed some of the contents of a bag containing drugs were gone, and a further check showed more than one of the bags had been tampered with.The Drug Enforcement Agency's Tactical Diversion Squad was in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Loew handled prosecution.
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