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For Immediate Release
June 12, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES PHARMACY TECH WITH STEALING XANAX
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — Last week, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged a woman with one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Alprazolam, a 4-year Felony, one count of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud, a 4-year Felony, and one count of Embezzlement $200-$1,000 a 1-year Misdemeanor.
Police and prosecutors allege that a Meijer pharmacy tech, Brahndi Miller, at the store located at 10 and Schoenherr in Warren, stole more than 2,200 Alprazolam prescription pills from the pharmacy. Alprazolam is the generic form of the narcotic Xanax. Xanax, if prescribed properly by a doctor, is a medication that treats anxiety and depression. The embezzlement by the Defendant occurred on three separate occasions between May and June of this year. All three of the incidents were caught on the pharmacy’s security footage.
Defendant’s job duties provided her frequent access to the prescriptions. Miller would act as if she was returning stock bottles to the shelf, then select a bottle of Alprazolam. She would take that bottle to the pharmacy’s consultation room, conceal the bottle in her pants and then resume her duties as a pharmacy technician.
Xanax, street name zannie, is a highly addictive member of the benzodiazepine family. Prosecutor Eric Smith said, “Unfortunately, in recent years, the abuse of Xanax has exponentially grown and caused tremendous harm in the community. To see someone in a position of trust with such access to dangerous narcotics is a very serious threat to the safety of our residents in the current environment of the prescription drug epidemic.”
Brahndi Miller was arraigned on June 7th in Warren District Court and bond was set at $3,500 Cash/Surety.