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On Friday, Oct. 5 U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that he had obtained a guilty plea in the investigation into the theft of prescription narcotics from the evidence locker at the Beckley Police Department.

In a news conference held in Beckley at 10:30 a.m., Goodwin released that Gabriella Brown pleaded guilty to an Information charge.  Brown was the evidence technician at the Beckley Police Department when the drugs were discovered missing. 

The official charges from the U.S. Attorney are as follows:

"On or about August 17, 2012, at or near Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, and within the Southern District of West Virginia, defendant Gabriella Brown knowingly and intentionally acquired and obtained possession of a quantity of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, by misrepresentation, fraud, deception and subterfuge.

In violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 843(a) (3)."

"Prescription drug abuse damages continues to take a toll on communities all over southern West Virginia," said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. "I'm committed to doing everything possible to get this problem under control."

The Drug Enforcement Agency Tactical Diversion Squad is in charge of the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Steven I. Loew is handling the prosecution.