Sudbury police have arrested and charged a local pharmacist following an investigation stretching back to 2011.

Herman Reich, 43, of Herman's IDA Pharmacy was arrested on Wednesday following a complaint received in March 2011 regarding the theft of prescription drugs.

The investigation by the drug unit of the Sudbury police led to the arrest of a female suspect the following April and the seizure of OxyContin pills valued at some $30 000, said police.

A search at another location uncovered another 4150 pills valued at $183,000 and some $621,000 in cash.

The investigation then led to Reich’s arrest on Wednesday, said police. He has been charged with public mischief, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime.

His legal team said he will plead not guilty to all charges.



From a report by CBC's Hilary Duff