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Evidence technician faces prison time for stealing drugs from police department

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A former Beckley Police Department evidence technician pleaded guilty in federal court to illegally obtaining oxycodone, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Gabriella Brown, 31, committed a federal felony by obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge, according to the release.

In August, the Beckley Police Department said prescription pain pills were missing from its evidence room.

Brown was an evidence technician at the time the missing evidence was revealed, investigators said.

Brown later admitted to stealing oxycodone pills from the evidence locker.

She said she was addicted to opiates and had stolen prescription pain pills from the evidence room multiple times.

Brown faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  She will be sentenced April 22, 2013.