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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A Sandpoint man pleaded guilty to felony drug possession Tuesday to resolve allegations that he squirreled away tens of thousands of tablets of prescription medication while working at a pharmacy.

Bradley William Owens is scheduled to be sentenced in 1st District Court in April. He is free on his own recognizance while the case is pending.

Owens, 33, was accused of spiriting away the narcotics while employed at Sandpoint Super Drug from 2010 to 2012. As many as 18,000 tablets encompassing more than 50 types of medication were taken during that time frame, a Sandpoint Police report alleges.

The value of the stolen medications is listed as $13,000 in court documents.

Changes in Owens’ physical and mental demeanor drew suspicion from coworkers and those suspicions were confirmed by reviewing surveillance camera footage, according to court records.

At the time of his arrest, Owens possessed medication containing amphetamine, a stimulant that’s used in prescription drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In exchange for a plea to the felony drug charge, the state agreed to dismiss burglary and grand theft charges against Owens.

Owens faces up to seven years in prison, although a pretrial settlement agreement in the case recommends a suspended term and retained jurisdiction, also known as a rider. When the court retains jurisdiction, a defendant serves up to a year in prison before further incarceration or probation is ordered.

Judge Barbara Buchanan tentatively agreed to bind herself to the agreement due to Owens’ lack of a prior criminal record, court records show.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Owens waives his right to appeal his conviction or sentence.

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  • Todd Allen posted at 2:56 pm on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

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    Ranger 50, how about the responsibility being on the suspect. To even insinuate the pharmacist was involved is extremely careless. This person was/is an addict. He may have sold some here and there but I would bet he consumed the majority of the pills. This happened over a 3 year period which is a 1000+ days. User yes, dealer no. You two want to blame someone besides the suspect. Amazing!!

  • Ranger_50 posted at 11:59 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    Ranger_50 Posts: 3

    Jason....Your comments bring a total different light on to things here. Yes, the street value is probably at least 4 times at what they estimated it. Also, why didn't the pharmacists that noticed this much earlier do something way before others got involved. Maybe the pharmacists was involved...who knows how far up the ladder this goes. Easy money is a very strong aphrodisiac. So yes, this guy was a drug dealer. This is no different than a burglary without the breaking and entering. If I was the judge in this case I would give this guy the stiffest sentence authorized under Idaho law as a message to anyone that might be thinking about doing this again. [sad]

  • Jason Smith posted at 6:42 am on Tue, Feb 26, 2013.

    Jason Smith Posts: 68

    He is a drug dealer. 18,000 pills only worth $13,000? If it were marijuana or any other drug he would have been charged at street value, marijuana dealers are not charged at it's price to manufacture but street value. Anybody, even a judge knows the street value at of pills, at $5.00 each times 18,000=$90,000. Not to mention this is medication under Idaho law which people are dependent on, not like the victimless crime of marijuana possession. He was steeling pills from the elderly, terminal, and those suffering from pain. All those stolen from should sue for pain and suffering. Don't forget the pharmacist suspected him for years and did nothing, shows his concerns and loyalty was for himself and his co-workers, not the safety or wellbeing of the public. Being a pharmacist he should be aware of the tell-tell signs of drug use, if he isn't an addict then he is a drug dealer...period! Next time Sandpoint catches a person with illegal pills don't blame them, hold the pharmacist responsible, and do inventory, and listen to customers when they say their shorted, just don't make up the difference, find out why the sick are being shorted.

  • Ranger_50 posted at 10:57 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    Ranger_50 Posts: 3

    Thank god this freak was caught. My thanks goes out to the employees of Super drug in noticing behavior changes that lead to an investigation which lead to a conviction. Concerned Citizen:)