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Scandia Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Stealing Bottles of Oxycodone

MINNEAPOLIS – A Scandia pharmacist has pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking bottles of oxycodone from her pharmacy for her own personal use, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, Kristie Marie Dezell, 46, was the pharmacist in charge at a pharmacy located in Maplewood, Minnesota. From March 2020, until June 2023, Dezell knowingly and intentionally obtained bottles of oxycodone for her own personal use from the pharmacy's inventory. Dezell falsified the pharmacy's records to conceal her actions.

Dezell pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Judge Michael J. Davis to one count of obtaining possession of controlled substance by misrepresentation. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later time.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maplewood Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Forbes is prosecuting the case.


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