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Pharmacy employee arrested in Dunnellon

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 8, 2002

DUNNELLON -- An employee of the Walgreens pharmacy was arrested Friday on charges of taking drugs from the pharmacy.

Susan Arlene Merenda, of 7724 N Gulf Point, Dunnellon, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, hydrocone, and retail theft.

She was arrested after the store manager installed a videotape system to track missing drugs from the store.

The arrest report states that after learning of the taping, Merenda told the manager she took the hydrocone, which is a powerful painkiller also called Oxycontin. When she was arrested, a deputy found 56 hydrocone tablets in a bottle in her purse, reports said.

Her bail was set at $5,250.

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