Idaho pharmacy tech stole nearly 60,000 pills, distributed some to local dealers

A Lewiston pharmacy technician was sentenced to 54 months in prison Tuesday after stealing nearly 60,000 prescription substances from her employer and distributing some of them to local dealers, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bart Davis’ office.

Marcella Moore, 44, was charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Moore worked at Owl Pharmacy and, according to court records, began stealing prescriptions in 2017. Moore stole hydrocodone, oxycodone and Lorazepam over an 11-month period, the release said.

“Medical professionals hold a position of trust over the prescription drugs that they handle and dispense,” Davis said in the release. “When those professionals violate that trust by illegally diverting prescription drugs into our communities, federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement stand ready to bring them to justice.”

Moore must also pay $30,000 in restitution to the pharmacy, and will have three years of supervised release after her prison term.