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Deputies: Former CMC-Lincoln nurse jailed on 28 felony counts for taking hospital drugs

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies charged a Gaston County woman with nearly 30 felonies Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Office said she stole narcotics from a Lincoln County hospital where she worked as a nurse.

Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of 804 Summey Farm Road in Dallas, was taken into custody at her residence.

Deputies also charged a second resident, Jonathan Keith James, 32, with conspiracy in the case.

Narcotics officers said Brooks was working as a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln when she took prescription pills from the hospital over a six-month period.

A nurse supervisor at CMC-Lincoln told deputies in February the woman had stolen “several vials” of the heavy painkiller Dilaudid from a medicine dispenser, a Sheriff’s Office press release said.

A deputy had gone to the hospital earlier this year regarding a larceny call about an employee taking narcotics from the workplace.

A drug diversion specialist with the State Bureau of Investigation and county narcotics investigators carried out the investigation.

Brooks, who remains in the Lincoln County jail under a $25,000 secured bond, faces 19 felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee, seven felony counts of larceny by employee and two felony counts of conspiracy, the release said.

James faces two felony counts of conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats and is being held under a $2,500 secured bond.

Both suspects will appear in district court on Thursday.

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