In April, a nurse previously working at the Iredell County Detention Center was convicted of trafficking in opium or heroin.
The nurse, April Pait Robinson, 30, worked for Southern Health Partners. The county contracted with the company to provide health care to inmates.
Robinson was sentenced to 70-93 months in jail. She has credit for 381 days served.
In 2018, Southern Health noticed that pills were missing and reported the theft, a press release stated. Sheriff Darren Campbell said a series of safeguards and audits quickly alerted employees to the missing pills.
The missing drugs included prescription medications for inmates as well as “to-be-destroyed” medications seized from inmates upon arrival.
Detectives investigating the theft learned Robinson was the last person with access to the medications, the release said. Robinson lives in Bladenboro and usually works at the Bladen County jail, but was filling in that day in Iredell.
Robinson was charged with larceny by an employee and held under a $30,000 secured bond.
The next day, detectives recovered more pills from Robinson, including morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone, a release stated. She was then charged with trafficking opium by possession, trafficking opium by transport, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a confinement facility, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance, felony possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.