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Pharmacy tech accused of stealing hydrocodone

Staff Writer

A local pharmacy technician and her husband were placed behind Lincoln County bars last week after deputies said she was stealing medication from her workplace for the couple.
Cynthia Loftis Wooten, 47, and David Bryan Wooten, 51, both of 703 Allen Lane in Lincolnton, were jailed Thursday on one count each of trafficking heroin-opium.
Cynthia Wooten was additionally charged with embezzlement and possession of a schedule II controlled substance while her husband received additional charges for conspiracy and failure to appear.
Cynthia Wooten worked at the Bi-Lo Drug Store on N.C. 27 in Lincolnton, where she allegedly stole Hydrocodone pills.
Deputies said she admitted to stealing at least a partial bottle of pills from the pharmacy but believed she may have taken more.
“There were many more pills missing,” Deputy M. Hill told the Times-News Friday.
The State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy assisted local law enforcement in the investigation.
Hill said that while the couple was allegedly taking Hydrocodone, they were issued the heroin charge because the law applies it to any criminal offense involving a drug like hydrocodone that is derived from opium.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, David Wooten has a record spanning three counties.
He was convicted of possessing stolen goods in Gaston County three years ago along with misdemeanor assault in Harnett County in 1982 and manslaughter in Buncombe County in 1978.

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