Moore County man convicted of stealing 15K-plus Oxycodone pills from pharmacy

Steven Mitchell Lowery (Moore County Sheriff's Office)

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) – Following a joint Federal-County drug investigation, a Moore County man has been convicted of stealing more than 15,000 doses of Oxycodone from the pharmacy where he worked, Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced.

During the investigation of Steven Mitchell Lowery, 39, of Red Springs, by the Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Group, they were able to determine that between May 2015 and August 2015, Lowery had stolen thousands of Oxycodone pills.

Lowery was an employee of a Moore County pharmacy and had been taking pills from work. Authorities said that Lowery had stolen 15,828 doses of Oxycodone.

Oxycodone is an opioid narcotic and is listed as a Schedule II drug by the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act.

On Nov. 5, 2015, Lowery was indicted by a federal grand jury for possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone.

On July 6 of 2016, Steven Mitchell Lowery pled guilty in United States Middle District Court of North Carolina in Greensboro to possession with the intent to distribute Oxycodone.

Lowery was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

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