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Pharmacy tech charged with stealing drugs

Posted August 14, 2009 10:47 a.m. EDT

— Chatham County sheriff's deputies arrested a pharmacy technician Wednesday on charges that she stole drugs for her boyfriend and trafficked in heroin.

Deputies arrested Lee Aaron Matthews, 28, of 1603 Cotton Road in Sanford, last Friday. A passerby reported that he was slumped over the wheel of a red passenger vehicle in the parking lot of Jordan Dam Mini Mart in Moncure, investigators said.

Deputies found 22 doses of hydrocodone and 39 doses of codeine in Matthews' car.

Investigators determined that Matthews got the drugs from his girlfriend, Laura Griffin, 29, of 1603 Cotton Road in Sanford. Evidence indicates Griffin stole the drugs from Moncure-Haywood Health Center, where she works as a pharmacy technician, investigators said.

Griffin was charged with two counts of felony trafficking opium, felony embezzlement by an employee and drug possession.

She has been released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. Her next court appearance was set for Sept. 14.