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October 11, 2012

Pharmacy employees accused of stealing drugs for sale

Two Chatsworth pharmacy technicians are accused of stealing oxycodone from the pharmacy they worked at, which officials said was later sold by two other people including a bus driver for Dalton Public Schools.

Living Well Pharmacy employees Amy Kristene Bearden, approximately 30, of Eton, and Sheila Elaine Cagle, 41, of Cohutta, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and distributing a controlled substance, along with Jeremiah Terance Fiek, approximately 28, of Cohutta, and Amy Michelle Johnson, 33, of Dalton.

Johnson works for First Student, a private company contracted to provide busing services for the Dalton school system. First Student officials say she has been placed on unpaid suspension “pending the completion of the investigation.” She declined to comment to a reporter on Tuesday.

Phone numbers for Bearden, Cagle and Fiek could not be found.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court by Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Christopher Mueller, Bearden and Cagle stole oxycodone from Living Well Pharmacy from about May of this year to June 4. “During this period, to investigate the thefts, the owner of the pharmacy installed surveillance cameras, which captured Cagle and Bearden stealing drugs from the pharmacy,” the affidavit says. Jeff Viktora, a Living Well Pharmacy co-owner, said “not at this time” when asked for comment on Tuesday. On Wednesday he said he was working on a statement but it had not been received as of press time.

The affidavit says law enforcement officials surveilled Cagle meeting with Johnson on June 4. They interviewed Johnson later that day and she “admitted that she was selling oxycodone obtained from Cagle, but Johnson did not know from where Cagle was obtaining the drugs.” Johnson reportedly handed over two bottles of oxycodone.

While agents were interviewing Johnson, the affidavit says, Fiek arrived and he admitted he was seeking oxycodone to sell.


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