A brother and sister have been arrested as the result of the alleged theft and subsequent selling of prescription drugs from a Vanceburg, Kentucky pharmacy. The two – Jessica M. Dixon, 35, an employee at Professional Care Pharmacy and her brother, Thomas A. Crow, 38, have been arrested and placed in the Lewis County Detention Center.
They were arrested Thursday evening following an investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Vanceburg Police Department.
Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens and Vanceburg Police Chief Joe Billman were contacted early last week by Dan Stevenson at Professional Care Pharmacy in Vanceburg when he noticed discrepancies in pharmacy inventories of prescription medications.
According to a news release from Dennis Brown of the Lewis County Herald, video information from the business led to Jessica Dixon being identified as a suspect in the theft of prescription medicines.
Billman said video information from the Vanceburg business led to an employee at the pharmacy being identified as a suspect in the theft of the prescription medicine. Billman said the ensuing investigation led officers to the employee’s brother who was suspected of trafficking in controlled substances.
Billman said he and Sergeant Joe Paul Gilbert conducted a traffic stop on Dixon after she left Crow’s residence and found prescription medications, including oxycodone, xanax and apidex, and methamphetamine in her possession.
According to Brown, Bivens said an undercover informant purchased oxycodone tablets from Crow on Thursday and also purchased prescription medications prior to Thursday.
He said Crow was in possession of marked currency that had been used in the buy on Thursday and also was in possession of prescription medications.
Dixon is charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of a controlled substance, under $10,000; five counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (drug unspecified); first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (10 or more, drug unspecified); and two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).
Crow is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (10 or more, drug unspecified); first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (drug unspecified); second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified); buy/possess drug paraphernalia; and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (fewer than 10, drug unspecified, schedule 1 and 2).
Bivens said the investigation into the case is continuing and additional charges are pending.
“We’re not sure how far this goes back,” Bivens said. “We are continuing to gather information and evidence.”
Bivens said other authorities will likely become involved since the case involves alleged theft of prescription medications by a pharmacy employee.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.