Pharmacy tech accused of stealing anxiety meds from Warren store

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — A pharmacy technician has been charged in Macomb County with stealing more than 2,000 pills of a prescription drug for anxiety and depression, authorities said Wednesday.

Brahndi Miller has been arraigned on several charges in connection with the alleged thefts, including possession with intent to deliver Alprazolam, a 4-year felony, a count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, also a 4-year felony, and a count of embezzlement of between $200 and $1,000, a 1-year misdemeanor, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said.

She was arraigned in the district court in Warren on Friday and a judge set her bond at $3,500.

Smith said authorities accuse Miller, who works as a pharmacy tech at the Meijer store on 10 Mile and Schoenherr in Warren, of stealing more than 2,200 Alprazolam pills while on the job. Alprazolam is the generic version of Xanax.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, the abuse of Xanax has exponentially grown and caused tremendous harm in the community," the prosecutor said in a statement. "To see someone in a position of trust with such access to dangerous narcotics is a very serious threat to the safety of our residents in the current environment of the prescription drug epidemic.” 

He said Miller is accused of taking the pills on three separate occasions between May and June. All three times, the thefts were captured by the store's video security surveillance system.

Miller would act as if she was returning bottles of the pills to shelves and then take a bottle of Alprazolam, according to authorities. She then would take the bottle of pills to a consultation room, conceal it in her pants and resume her duties.

According to the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Miller was issued her pharmacy tech license in April 2019. Her license is set to expire June 30, 2020.

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