Former Sacred Heart worker strikes painkiller theft plea deal

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A hospital pharmacy technician accused of swiping more than 250,000 painkillers pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Paul Martsin, 25, agreed to a plea deal which would send him to prison for five years according to court documents. Marstin pleaded guilty to theft, money laundering and dealing controlled substances.

The pharmacy worker was arrested in July 2013.

A surveillance camera at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center showed Martsin stuffing bottles of pills and codeine cough syrup into his backpack. He was caught a short distance away.  Investigators found 1,000 pills in his backpack.

Police found 7,000 more pills in Martsin's home while serving a search warrant. They also found 190 empty bottles each with a 500 pill count.  Investigators also found $13,000 in cash.

Detectives believed Martsin sold the drug to pay off his gambling debts.

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