A federal official announced that plea deal has been made and the suspect has resigned from her post at the Beckley Police Department.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said that former Beckley evidence technician Gabriella Brown, 31, of Beckley, admitted to taking 22 oxycodone pills from the evidence room in August. According to a court document filed Friday morning, Brown committed a federal felony by taking the pills my misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, and subterfuge.
The charge against Brown was filed in a document called an information, which means the defendent is cooperating with prosecutors. Goodwin also says Brown is cooperating with the investigation.
"This agreement helps secure her cooperation with the investigation. Hopefully, it will put to rest some of the issues," he says.
Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems says the department's already added extra measures to protect their evidence, including installing security cameras and changing the locks to the evidence room and lockers.
Brown could face up to four years in prison. The Drug Enforcement Agency Tactical Diversion Squad continuest to investigate.