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Tempe police seek suspect in oxycodone robbery – KPHO Phoenix

TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information on a oxycodone robbery at a Tempe CVS pharmacy.

Tempe police said on Sept. 4, the suspect demanded oxycodone pills from the pharmacy counter at 1424 W. Baseline Rd.

The employee complied and the suspect fled in a newer model, silver SUV last seen going southbound toward Baseline Road.

The man is described as Caucasian, 5’8” to 6’0” tall and 160 to 175 pounds, with reddish-blonde short hair, a goatee and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black Dickie-style pants and black shoes.

If you have information, you’re asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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Mesa police: Woman accused of DUI had her 1-year-old son in her vehicle.

A Mesa mother was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs with her 1-year-old son in her vehicle.

Brianne Marie Bird, 32, crossed the middle of the street around noon in the 100 block of E. Coury Avenue, drove over a sidewalk and collided with a propane tank protected by a fence and poles, but the tank did not explode, according to a court document.

Bird has a prescription for Oxycodone, a narcotic pain relief medication. The prescription instructs Bird to take one pill every four hours as needed, the document said. But at 6 a.m. that day, she took a Zanex pill and three Oxycodone pills, the document said.

Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead said earlier this week that driving-under the influence cases involving drugs have eclipsed traditional DUI alcohol cases for the first time this year.

Prescription drug abuse is considered a major contributor to the increase in DUI drug cases, along with designer drugs.

The city recently received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety so that Mesa Crime Lab technicians can log longer hours to identify which drugs are present in the blood of defendants. The drug tests are more elaborate and time consuming than alcohol.

The court document said Bird was taken to a hospital for treatment because of obvious signs of impairment. She was administered Narcan to reverse the effects of her medication.

The court document said that Bird also had been arrested on Wednesday in Tempe and accused of driving under the influence.

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Former cop accused of stealing drugs extradited, booked into Phoenix jail – AZFamily

PHOENIX — A former Phoenix police officer accused of stealing drugs and arrested in Pittsburgh is back in Arizona this morning.

William McCartney, 37, was extradited from Pennsylvania and arrived in Phoenix overnight. Refusing to make eye contact with 3TV’s reporter, much of his face hidden by a baseball cap, McCartney had nothing to say as he was escorted to jail.

McCartney was arrested on June 22, just three days after he was indicted on 40 felony counts, including tampering with evidence, theft, and possession of narcotics.

The charges stem from a January 2011 audit conducted by the Phoenix Police Department’s Profession Standards Bureau. It was a quarterly audit of drugs items in their property room that were slated for destruction.

During the routine review, auditors discovered that over-the-counter medications had been substituted for narcotic drugs, including oxycodone.

Investigators were able to establish a pattern of discrepancies that pointed to McCartney.

He was first arrested on March 11, 2011 for allegedly stealing the oxycodone pills and replacing them with OTC meds like Aleve.

“At this point we believe that over 2,400 pills have either been removed or swapped out,” Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said at the time.

Authorities believe the scam might have been going on for years until that randomly scheduled audit revealed the irregularities.

Oxycodone is a common painkiller that is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance because of its “high potential for abuse.”

On the street, oxycodone, also known as “oxy,” “blue,” “kicker” and “hillbilly heroine,” reportedly sells for anywhere from $5 to $40 per pill depending on the dosage, which generally ranges from 10mg to 80mg.

McCartney, who had been with the Phoenix Police Department since 1999, resigned shortly after his March 2011 arrest. He was later released pending an investigation.

McCartney faces a variety of charges, including theft, fraudulent schemes, computer tampering, narcotic drug violations and tampering with evidence.

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