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Deputies: Former nurse arrested for stealing medicine from hospital

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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A former CMC-Lincoln nurse was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing prescription drugs from the hospital over a six month period, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

On February 4, a deputy was dispatched to CMC-Lincoln for a reported larceny of narcotics by an employee. A nurse supervisor told the officer that Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of Dallas, had taken several vials of the powerful painkiller Dilaudid from the Omnicell, an automatic medicine dispenser.

The case was then turned over to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division, assisted by a drug diversion specialist with the State Bureau of Investigation in the investigation.

Brooks was arrested Wednesday and charged with 19 felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by employee, 7 felony counts of larceny by an employee, and 2 felony counts of conspiracy.

A second person, Jonathan Keith James, 32, was charged with 2 felony counts of Conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.

Both were taken into custody at their home in Dallas.

Brooks was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond. Bond for James was set at $2,500. Both will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on Thursday.

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