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Former Valley City Pharmacist Accused of Selling Pain-Killers

April 10, 2014

A Valley City man has been accused of stealing prescription pain-killers, like the ones shown here, from a Grand Forks pharmacy.

Editor's Note
The Times-Record's policy is to not divulge the names of crime suspects until the suspect has been arraigned and formally charged.

A former Valley City pharmacist faces charges in Grand Forks that he stole and either sold or attempted to sell prescription pain-killers.
According to Grand Forks County Assistant State's Attorney David Jones, the 34-year-old man, who previously was the pharmacy manager at Valley Drug in Valley City, faces several felony charges including two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a class A felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class A felony; and theft of a prescription, a class C felony.
The suspect, who lists Valley City as his home of record, is accused of stealing more than 2,000 codeine-based pills,1,800 of which he allegedly sold to two individuals and another 500 he allegedly attempted to sell to another individual.
Since felony charges were filed, the suspect surrendered his North Dakota Pharmacist License.
If convicted, the suspect faces up to 65 years in prison – 20 years for each class A felony and five years for the class C felony – or up to $65,000 in fines.
According to the Valley City Police Department, the suspect was never suspected or accused of similar crimes in Valley City during his tenure as pharmacist.
The suspect is scheduled to make his first court appearance on April, 28 in Grand Forks.

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