Warsaw mom, daughter charged with stealing up to 9,000 pills


A mother and her daughter have been arrested and charged after police say the daughter stole Hydrocodone pills from a pharmacy in Warsaw.

Officers were called to CVS Pharmacy at 100 N. Detroit Street Sunday evening after an employee provided information that another employee was stealing pills.

Investigators found 21-year-old Laura Hughes of Warsaw had stolen between 8,000 and 9,000 Hydrocodone 10mg pills over the last 18 months. Hughes was a pharmacy assistant, according to officials.

Police say Hughes admitted to consuming about half of the pills and selling the other half for $5 each. When she was taken into custody, officers say she had 189 pills on her and had already consumed six pills during her shift.

Hughes told police she needed the pills to medicate herself and to help pay for bills.

The investigation also found Hughes was providing pills to her mother, 44-year-old Jeannine Hart of Warsaw, who allegedly sold the pills and gave the money back to her daughter.

Hughes was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a level two felony charge of dealing a controlled substance and a level six felony theft charge. Her mother is being held on a level two felony charge of dealing a controlled substance.

Both are being held on $17,000 surety bonds.

Warsaw police continue to investigate.

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