Former Tewksbury Hospital Pharmacy Technician Charged With Stealing Thousands Of Pills
Mar 26, 2015 11:04AM
● By Bill Gilman
A North Andover man was arraigned on drug trafficking charges this week for allegedly using his position as a pharmacy technician at Tewksbury State Hospital to steal huge quantities of Oxycodone.
Stephen E. Lebourdais, 33, allegedly manipulated a pill dispensing machine at the hospital, allowing him to steal nearly 4,100 pills with an estimated street value of more than $25,000.
Lebourdais, was arraigned in Lowell District Court Wednesday on charges of drug trafficking over 200 grams and larceny of a drug, according to a report published in the Lowell Sun. He was released on $4,500 cash bail after pleading not guilty, He is due back in court April 22 for a probable cause hearing.
According to investigators, bqck in July 2013, the DEA began looking into Lebourdais in connection with the theft of 4,098 pills from the hospital's automatic medicine dispensing machine. In April, 2014, the DEA contacted Tewksbury Police with their allegations.
Investigators allege Lebourdais, the technician who operated the machine, managed to falsely "outdate" oxycodone in the machine, allowing for the theft. Officials first became suspicious because, due to high demand, Oxycodone pills rarely, if ever, reach their expiration date without having been prescribed.
As a result of the investigation, Lebourdais was fired and had his license suspended by the state Pharmacy Board.