Three charged with stealing prescription drugs

(WMC-TV) - Three coworkers were being held on bonds of $750,000 after they were accused of stealing prescription pills while on the job.

Three employees of Averitt Express on Lamar Avenue, Reginald Allen, Christopher Wiley, and Nicholas Wiley, are all charged with stealing a large number of prescription drugs.

According to court records, the three were detained Wednesday by a company supervisor who found 48 bottles of Hydrocodone worth $26,000 in one of their cars.

The packaging on the other drugs discovered "matched the description and lot number of pharmaceuticals valued at $792,000 reported stolen" on March 1.

A similar heist occurred last year when 13,000 units of expensive drugs were swiped from a Pfizer distribution facility in Memphis.

"A unit may be a bottle of 50 or 30 or something like that," said Midtown pharmacist Charles Smith.

Smith said he has suffered multiple burglaries.

"Some of my customers will confide in me and tell me, 'I can get that on the street for $20,' and things like that," said Smith.

Police said the three coworkers admitted to multiple thefts from Averitt Express and said they were selling the pills for profit.

All three men were in jail Thursday night and will be in court Friday morning.  Police said other arrests are possible.

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