Former D'Iberville drug store worker pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute Xanax

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — A former pharmacy technician at Rite Aid in D'Iberville pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to distribute a total of more than 15,000 dosages of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone.

The Sun Herald reports ( 25-year-old Patricia Leavens pleaded guilty earlier this week to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance outside the scope of a medical practice.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie said a loss-prevention manager at the store reported her suspicion that Leavens was altering prescriptions to obtain the medications.

The crimes occurred between April and July 2013.

Leavens entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden, who set a Sept. 23 sentencing date.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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