Norma Currlin, a Sunrise police property and evidence technician, has been accused of stealing hundreds of oxycodone pills and has been linked to the thefts through her DNA. Currlin has been charged with six counts of theft of controlled substances. Currlin has been employed by the Sunrise Police Department for 22 years and served as an evidence technician since July 2006, and had authorization to manage the pill count in the evidence tracking system and was the primary person responsible for the signing out of pills to detectives and for the logbook she created to track the movement of pills. She was a police dispatcher prior to that.
In Florida, it is illegal for one to attempt to or obtain a controlled substance by fraud or some means of fraud. Fraud can be by forgery, alteration, or deceit used to obtain or keep a prescription or of any written order, or by the use of a false name or the giving of a false address, or by the concealment of a material fact. Within the last few years, the frequency of prescription drug abuse has reached an all-time high throughout the U.S., and has abuse has infected the police department employees in charge evidentiary hold of the pills that would be evidence against the accused.
Pill-mills throughout Florida and the distribution chains they have throughout the state have caught the attention of police and prosecutors in recent years as drug investigators have begun focusing on painkiller drugs that can be equally harmful if abused. As such, evidence lockers are stockpiled with prescription drugs that are easily accessible and disposable, many times without any questions being asked.
Prescription medications contain highly addictive properties and are easily available to most, from juveniles to the elderly, contributing to their common use. While prescription drugs are legal when used as prescribed, by someone who does not have a legitimate prescription, or are obtained by another through misrepresentation or fraud, then they can be classified as illegal controlled substances.
In this case, Currlin was entrusted with signing out pills to detectives for evidentiary purposes and for the logbook she created to track the movement of pills. Unfortunately for Currlin, and many like her, being entrusted to take care of a substance or object that one has a temptation of stealing is unacceptable. However, not every case of embezzlement, or theft or misuse of funds that one has control over, is true. Unfortunately for those who are falsely accused of embezzlement, the penalties can be very severe, costing both reputation and likelihood of being employed elsewhere where money transfer or control is involved, simply for being accused in that capacity.
Facing these charges in a police capacity elevates the case to an entirely new level. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can help those facing significant sanctions and prison time.
Many times, the accused is merely trying to make a little extra cash to pay the bills. However, the cost of going away to prison for one’s crime could be more than any bill could ever amount. Sometimes, the offender is in desperate need of being cleaned up. One’s hope for a treatment program is not out of reach. There are options other than a jail cell. An experienced Jacksonville drug crimes attorney can provide those options.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Sunrise police employee accused of stealing oxycodone pills, The Sun-Sentinel