STORY: "Former Lab Analyst Charged with Stealing Morphine from Evidence Locker," by Sean Allocca, published by Forensic Magazine on 28 July, 2016. (Sean Allocca is editor of Forensic Magazine.)
GIST: "A former Oregon State Police crime lab technician has been charged with stealing prescription pills—including Morphine and Methadone—from labs in, at least, two counties, according to federal court documents filed last week. Nika Elise Larsen, 36, is accused of two counts of obtaining a controlled substance through misrepresentation, fraud and deception. Larsen allegedly used her position as a forensic scientist to steal pills from evidence submitted to the lab for testing. Allegations first arose last September when improprieties in a single case led to a full blown investigation. At that time, authorities were notified of around 1,500 cases that Larsen worked on during her time at labs in Bend, Pendleton and Ontario, Ore. The alleged stolen drugs include: Morphine, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Oxycodone, Tramadol, and Hydromorphone, which are all Schedule II controlled substances. Reports say she replaced the prescription pills with “dummy pills” to avoid detection... Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel told Forensic Magazine last October that all possible avenues would be considered in the investigation, and that thousands of cases are likely to be effected. "This strikes at the heart of our justice system," Hummel said.........
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