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North Van pharmacy worker helped traffic drugs: court

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A Real Canadian Superstore pharmacy worker convicted of illegally selling OxyContin to people she thought worked for the United Nations gang has been slapped with 240 community service hours for her role.

According to a B.C. Supreme Court decision posted Monday, Baby Marie Antoinette Delos Santos helped supply more than $115,000 in the prescription painkiller while working at the grocery store chain’s North Vancouver outlet.

Twenty-five-years old at the time of the offences in 2011 and 2012, Delos Santos claimed she was initially approached by an Abbotsford gang associate to fill out fake prescriptions and co-operated “in fear for her life.”

The jury didn’t buy her defence and handed down the community service sentence and two years’ house arrest.

Over the course of several months, Delos Santos trafficked 1,440 pills of OxyContin — 80mg each, the strongest variety — out of the pharmacy, the court said.

The pharmaceutical technician said she did it for free, despite being offered money, as she was scared.

“A doctor will prescribe the highest dosage only with extreme care since risks associated with use of the drug include heart attack, arrested breathing and even death,” Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick said in her sentencing of the powerful narcotic known on the streets as ‘Hillbilly heroin.’

The court noted Delos Santos was a low risk of re-offending and had since obtained employment at another pharmacy.



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