Nfld. & Labrador

St. John's pharmacist, nurse charged following 2 drug probes

A pharmacist and nurse have been charged in two separate drug investigations in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A nurse and pharmacist have been charged in two separate drug investigations. (CBC)

A pharmacist and nurse have been charged in two separate drug investigations in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit — a joint unit with members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and RCMP — said it arrested a  male pharmacist Tuesday.

The pharmacist, 39, is facing is charge of theft, as a result of an investigation into missing drugs.

A local pharmacy filed a complaint after it noticed a large quantity of narcotics were missing over a one-and-a-half-year period.

The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

Nurse arrested in separate investigation

A female nurse, 26, with Eastern Health was arrested by officers with the CFSEU-NL on Wednesday as part of a separate investigation.

Charges of theft and breach of trust have been laid.

The arrest comes after officials with the health authority filed a complaint over a two-year audit revealed a large quantity of drugs were missing from one of their hospitals.

The nurse was released from custody with a later court date. 

Police said in a news release Friday there are no concerns for public safety in relation to the stolen medication.

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