An investigation into a drug store robbery ended with the pharmacist under arrest for keeping the prescription drugs at his home.
According to Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson, deputies responded to a call of a burglary at the Bulls Gap Drugstore Tuesday morning. It was the third time the pharmacy had been reported broken into in six months.
Owner and pharmacist Stephen Douglas Pearson said 2700 roxycodone pills were taken. The pills would have a street value of $56,500. Pearson said that when he'd left home that morning, he couldn't find his keys or the remote for the building's alarm system, and speculated that someone may have taken them.
Investigators suspected there was more to Pearson's story, and asked to search his home in Rogersville.
During the search, officers found a large number of bottles containing controlled substances including Endocet, Hydrocodone, Vicoprofin, Alprazolam, Soma, and Paxil. They also discovered marijuana and drug paraphanalia.
Pearson faces a number of drug charges, including Possession of Schedule II, III, and IV Controlled Substances. He is free on a $10,000 bond.
The sheriff says they believe Pearson may have been distributing the drugs in some way.