News Release
For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Former Pharmacy Technician Admits Stealing Prescription Medication

AUG 27 -- Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KARIMA MOHAMED, 22, of Ashford, waived indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone mixed with acetaminophen, a Schedule III controlled substance.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in late 2006, while employed as a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy, located at 1200 Main Street in Willimantic, MOHAMED removed bulk amounts of prescription medicines containing the controlled substance hydrocodone. MOHAMED has admitted that she possessed with the intent to distribute 21 bottles of 100-count hydrocodone tablets.

Judge Underhill has scheduled sentencing for November 13, 2009, at which time MOHAMED faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration