Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 29, 2013

Ex-W.Va. evidence tech gets probation in oxy theft


Associated Press

BLUEFIELD (AP) — A former Beckley Police Department employee will spend four years on probation for stealing pain pills from an evidence locker.

Thirty-one-year-old Gabriella Brown was working as an evidence technician when the department announced last summer that oxycodone was missing. She pleaded guilty to stealing 22 pills in December.

Media outlets say Brown apologized and told U.S. District Judge David Faber in Bluefield that she was mortified by her own actions.

Her attorneys argued sending her to jail would jeopardize her safety because of her ties to law enforcement.

Prosecutors argued that her crime has far-reaching ramifications for hundreds of drug cases in Raleigh County, many of which could be thrown out due to possible evidence tampering.