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Sharon L. Potter

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April 18, 2009

Operation Pill Broker Nets Guilty Plea
From Former Pharmacy Employee


WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 53 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on April 9, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that MARY ANN MCCARDLE entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone. In the Fall of 2008, the Pharmacist of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy located on National Road in Wheeling, discovered a shortage of hydrocodone pills (Vicoprofen). From in-store security cameras, MCCARDLE, a pharmacy tech, was captured on an October 14, 2008, video with stealing hydrocodone pills and putting them in her pocket. On October 24, 2008, when confronted by agents, 88 Vicroprofen pills were recovered from MCCARDLE’s residence.

According to USA Potter, “This case reflects law enforcement's focus on prosecuting individuals who illegally distribute prescription drugs, as set forth in the Northern District's initiative Operation Pill Broker.”

MCCARDLE, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



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