HOLIDAY — A 23-year-old pharmacy technician was arrested Thursday afternoon, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of narcotics and anti-anxiety medication from her employer.
Laura Denise Edsall, of 10091 Frierson Lake Drive, Hudson, was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail on a grand theft charge. She was being held Friday on $2,000 bail.
Walgreens management noticed that Edsall appeared to be under the influence of drugs while working at the pharmacy at 2480 U.S. 19, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Supervisors requested she take a drug test, which showed that oxycodone and alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, were in her system, the report states.
Edsall told deputies that she didn't have a prescription for the medication, according to the report, and that she had been taking 40 to 70 oxycodone pills per week for the past year, totaling about 3,500 tablets.
She also told deputies that she stole about 500 alprazolam pills during that time.
The total value of the medication is approximately $7,290, the report states.