News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2007
Contact: Rhett Fonseca
Number: 206-553-1251

Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Drugs

NOV 21 --(Burien, Washington) - DEA Special Agent in Charge Arnold R. Moorin and United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeff Sullivan, announced that Christina Wageman, 33, of Burien, Washington, pleaded guilty on November 19, 2007, in U.S. District Court in Seattle to unlawful possession of a controlled substance in violation of law.

Wageman acknowledged that during 2007, up until August 28, 2007, she owned and operated BC Drugs, a pharmacy in Burien, Washington and that at various times, she removed controlled substances from the pharmacy inventory and diverted those substances to her own use.  Those substances included multi-pill quantities of oxycodone and hydrocodone, among other drugs.  On August 28, 2007, prior to leaving the pharmacy, Wageman acknowledged that she grabbed handfuls of pills containing aprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium), which she concealed in her purse.  A search of her purse by law enforcement following her departure from the pharmacy uncovered approximately 450 pills.  These substances were possessed by Wageman unlawfully and without a valid prescription.

In October 2007, the Washington Board of Pharmacy suspended BC Drugs from further operation.  Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a federal offense punishable by up to one year in prison, a mandatory fine of not less than$1,000 and up to $100,000, and a fine equating to the reasonable costs of investigation and prosecution of the offense.  Sentencing is set for March 3, 2008 before the Honorable United States Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler in Seattle, Washington.