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Meijer pharmacy tech accused of stealing 2,200 Xanax pills

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published June 21, 2019

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WARREN — A pharmacy technician at a Warren Meijer store is accused of stealing more than 2,200 prescription Xanax pills.

Investigators said Brahndi Miller, 25, of Detroit, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute alprazolam — a generic version of Xanax — one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of embezzlement earlier this month following an investigation that began in May and carried over into early June at the Meijer store on Schoenherr Road, just north of 10 Mile Road.

Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department, said store security was investigating the loss of the anti-anxiety pills from the pharmacy. The investigation reportedly involved incidents May 10, May 18 and June 3 that were recorded on security video.

Miller was reportedly seen removing bottles of pills from the shelf while appearing to restock them, allegedly taking them into a pharmacy consultation room and concealing them in her pants.

The drug is used under prescription from a doctor to treat anxiety and depression.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, the abuse of Xanax has exponentially grown and caused tremendous harm in the community,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in prepared remarks. “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.”

Miller was arraigned June 7. She has apparently been released from custody on $3,500 bail ahead of her preliminary examination June 27.

She will be represented by attorney Eric Lundquist Jr., according to court records. He could not be reached for comment by press time.

Miller faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the charges.