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Pair Forged Prescriptions and Used Alarm Company Information to Commit Pharmacy Burglary

September 28, 2007

SARAH J. MURRAY, 31, and BRENT E. MURRAY, 30, both of Everett, Washington, were each sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle. BRENT MURRAY was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and SARAH MURRAY was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release for committing a pharmacy burglary in Edmonds, Washington, and participating in a forged prescription ring acquiring quantities of oxycodone. Together the couple must pay $4,324 in restitution for the pharmacy break-in. Both will have to undergo drug treatment as part of their supervised release. At sentencing, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik told them, “you are going to have to worry about this addiction your entire life. It is inside you, and if you let it out it will devour you.”

BRENT MURRAY entered his guilty plea on June 1, 2007. SARAH MURRAY pleaded guilty on June 7, 2007, admitting she participated, with her husband BRENT MURRAY, in the burglary of J and J Pharmacy in Edmonds, Washington on December 5, 2005. The burglary was committed after the pharmacy was closed for business. Prior to the burglary, BRENT MURRAY visited his place of employment, Evergreen Security, a security business located in Everett, Washington, where he obtained the alarm code for the security system at J and J Pharmacy. The code was then used by SARAH MURRAY to de-activate the alarm and enter the pharmacy without being detected. Quantities of oxycodone, morphine, and methylphenidate (Ritalin), among other Schedule II and III controlled substances were taken and thereafter consumed and sold to others.

In addition, during the Fall of 2005, through approximately March 2006, BRENT and SARAH MURRAY conspired with others to acquire oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, by presenting and having filled forged prescriptions at several local pharmacies for oxycodone. The MURRAYs obtained the blank prescription scripts from an individual who had access to such prescription scripts through local hospitals. SARAH MURRAY, a former pharmacy technician, completed the forms ordering quantities of oxycodone, and forging the names of doctors. Numerous prescriptions were involved, and virtually all of them were for 60 pill quantities of 80 mg. oxycodone, which is the highest strength of oxycodone available. Oxycodone is a powerful and highly addictive opiate pain treatment drug.

This was an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA), and the Edmonds Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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