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Pharmacy Tech Arrested

By: Bill Pearson
By: Bill Pearson

The Wal-Mart on Valdosta's Inner Perimeter Road is where Dawn Stanaland worked as a pharmacy technician.

Now Stanaland is under arrest and behind bars, charged with two felony counts for possession of Xanax, two felony counts for possession of Loratab, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of prescription drugs without a prescription bottle.

Brian Childress, Valdosta police spokesman, says, "Right now, we are investigating the connection between Ms. Stanaland and her job at Wal-Mart as a pharmacy tech. I'm not willing right now to go on record and say that the drugs she had came from Wal-Mart, but we are certainly investigating that possibility."

Wal-Mart corporate officials were not available for comment, but Valdosta police officials say it’s very understandable if loyal customers to this pharmacy feel somewhat betrayed by someone they trusted.

Childress adds, "I shop at that Wal-Mart too. It’s certainly discomforting if it turns out (that she stole the drugs from her job). We're not willing to say that right now, but I can tell you the management at Wal-Mart have been cooperating; they're certainly concerned."

Because of the felony charges, Stanaland is facing several years behind bars if convicted on all the charges.


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