Former pharmacy tech arrested in prescription theft investigation

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A former pharmaceutical technician has been arrested and faces multiple felony drug and theft charges.

According to the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT), 42-year-old Lisa Marie Douthit, of Long County, is in custody as a result of a joint investigation.

CNT, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Georgia Bureau of Narcotics began investigating after receiving information about a pharmaceutical technician possibly stealing controlled substances from a Richmond Hill pharmacy chain.

CNT identified Douthit as a suspect. She is believed to have stolen more than 600 prescription pills from Richmond Hill stores and at least 100 from a Savannah store in the same chain between May and June this year.

According to CNT, all stolen pills were opioid-based medications classified as a substance with a high potential for abuse, which could lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Douthit was working as a pharmacy technician during the time of the thefts and fired during the course of the investigation. She voluntarily surrendered her license to the Georgia Bureau of Narcotics.

Douthit was arrested Tuesday, July 17 at her home in Long County. She is currently being held in the Chatham County Detention Center.

CNT says she will face multiple felony drug and theft charges in both Chatham and Bryan counties.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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