POMEROY — A former pharmacy technician was arraigned Monday on 14 charges related to theft, trafficking and possession of drugs.
Stacy A. Hawk, 33, sat silently at the defendant’s table as Meigs County Common Pleas Judge I. Carson Crow read the 14 counts of the indictment.
Hawk was charged with five counts of theft of drugs, one count possession of drugs, three counts aggravated possession of drugs and five counts trafficking in drugs.
Theft of drugs, as charged, is a felony of the third degree, while the other nine counts are third degree felonies.
According to the indictment filed with the court, the alleged theft of drugs involved various strengths of hydrocodone with acetaminophen from Fruth Pharmacy No. 6 (Pomeroy) on Nov. 9, 16, 23, 26 and 28.
The single count of possession of drug occurred on or about Nov. 9. According to the indictment, Hawk did knowingly obtain, possess or use a controlled substance. The drugs were described as 500 tablets of hydrocodone with acetaminophen 5/325 mg tablets, a schedule III substance, with the amount being five times greater, but less that fifty times the bulk amount.
The three counts of aggravated possession of drugs, according to the indictment, were on or about Nov. 23, 26 and 23. Each count alleges that Hawk did knowingly obtain, possess or use a controlled substance. The two counts on Nov. 23 were 500, 10/325 mg tablets of hydrocodone with acetaminophen, a schedule III controlled substance with the amount being five times greater, but less than fifty times the bulk amount. The count alleged on Nov. 26 was 500, 10/660 mg tablets of hydrocodone with acetaminophen, with the amount greater than bulk but less than five times bulk amount.
The charges of trafficking in drugs allege that Hawk did knowingly prepare for shipment, ship, transport, deliver, prepare for distribution or distribute a controlled substance. The counts vary in the strength of the hydrocodone with acetaminophen tablets.
Hawk was first arrested on Nov. 29, 2012, after admitting to agents with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy that she stole hydrocodone from the pharmacy where she worked, a news release from the Board of Pharmacy stated.
Following Hawk’s arrest, the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, assisted by the Middleport Police Department and the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant on Hawk’s residence in the 600 block of Grant Street in Middleport. The search warrant yielded the recovery of prescription drugs, weapons and drug paraphernalia from the home.
According to a media release sent by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, the agency began its investigation after receiving information from an investigator with the Pomeroy Police Department. The information stated that the pharmacy where Hawk worked was experiencing significant losses of various strengths of hydrocodone tablets.
Hawk’s boyfriend Tony Robinson, 36, who was at the home during the search warrant, was also arrested. Robinson was also arraigned on Monday in Meigs County Common Pleas Court. More on Robinson’s case and other arraignments that took place Monday will appear in the Wednesday edition of The Daily Sentinel.
Appearing in court in response to a summons, Hawk was released on her own recognizance as stipulated by Ohio Revised Code.
As part of her bond, Hawk is subject to random drug screenings and a fire arms disability throughout the duration of the case. Hawk was also ordered to have no contact with Tony Robinson, who is also charged in the case, or Fruth Pharmacy.
Michael Huff was appointed to represent Hawk in the case.
A pre-trial hearing was set for 11:15 a.m. on April 17, with a trial date set for April 30.