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Assistant pharmacist stole pills, police say

An assistant pharmacist was accused Thursday of stealing prescription painkillers from the Eckerd Drug Store on U.S. 301 in Dade City, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.

Alisa Talina Norris, of 15724 Lake Iola Road in Dade City, was arrested on three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. Norris, 20, was taken to the Pasco County Jail and held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Working with the Drug Enforcement Agency and store management, Pasco sheriff's deputies determined that, on at least three occasions, Norris stole 100 Lorcet pills, a bottle of Vicodin ES and 65 Lortab pills.

All three are brand names for the drug hydrocodone, an addictive narcotic.

Norris admitted taking the pills and told deputies she had given some of them to a second suspect in the Eckerd parking lot, according to reports.

Man charged with

making drug deal

DADE CITY _ A Lacoochee man was arrested late Thursday after paying an undercover sheriff's deputy $1,100 to transport more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Texas to Pasco County, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Marcelino Gomez, of 38827 Colt St., told the undercover agent he would receive an additional $400 when he left for Texas and about $10,000 when the job was completed.

Officials said the deal was arranged by Gomez, 27, on May 13. He was charged with conspiring to traffic in marijuana and taken to the Pasco County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Teen arrested

in bird theft

PORT RICHEY _ Pasco County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a third suspect in the theft of two valuable exotic birds at Shirley's Pet Shop last month.

A 14-year-old Holiday boy admitted helping 22-year-old James Vogel and another suspect, 16, to smash the windows of the shop at 11142 U.S. 19 and steal two birds worth about $1,600, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Vogel and the second suspect were arrested last week and charged with burglary and grand theft.

The third suspect was arrested Thursday and also charged with burglary and grand theft. He was taken to the Pasco County Juvenile Detention Center and released to his parents.