Wednesday, 16 May 2012 01:47

ACCNET arrests Ione woman for theft and sale of veterans' prescription medications

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Amador County – The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team announced the arrest of a 45-year-old Ione woman on charges that she stole prescriptions drugs that had been mailed to veterans while the woman was working for the post office. She allegedly also sold the drugs while delivering mail on a postal route.

Amador County Undersheriff Jim Wegner released details Tuesday, saying that Shelly Lynn Crabb, 45, of Ione was arrested last week and charged with possession of controlled substances, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wegner said during the month of April, the Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) received information that a United States Postal Service employee was selling controlled substances to local residents, including while she was delivering mail. Information was also received that the employee was stealing mail addressed to veterans, which contained prescription medications.

ACCNET conducted an independent narcotics sales investigation, prior to collaborating with the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, Wegner said. The investigations resulted in the issuance and subsequent execution of a search warrant May 9 at the employee’s residence on Poplar Street in Ione.

The search of the residence revealed controlled substances, two firearms, scales, drug use paraphernalia and stolen mail, Wegner said. Amador County Sheriff’s Deputies detained the U.S. Postal Service employee, Shelly Lynn Crabb, as she delivered mail in the Jackson Valley area. A search of Crabb revealed she was in possession of controlled substances, cash and other evidence confirming her involvement in the sales of controlled substances.

A second search warrant was subsequently executed at Crabb’s residence when it was determined that after she posted bail and was released from custody she attempted to remotely destroy electronic evidence.

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