A Minden woman is facing a variety of charges after police investigators determined she had allegedly been trading prescription pain medication with a pair of elderly women and replacing some pills with a common over-the-counter medication.
Allyson DShea Council, a 43-year-old resident of the 100 block of Clerk Street, is charged with theft, felony theft, cruelty to the infirmed and possession of CDS Sch. III (Hydrocodone) following her arrest Wednesday, chief of police Steve Cropper said.
Cropper said investigator Sgt. Keith King Jr. was dispatched to a Louisiana Street residence to speak to two individuals who had a complaint about their medication. One of the women, a relative of the suspect, said Council had asked to trade Lortab pills for the same medication with a higher dosage.
"A couple of days after first trading the medications, we were told Ms. Council approached the second lady living in the home and asked to trade for a stronger dosage Lortab," Cropper said. "Ms. Council told the lady the pills she wanted to trade were not working for her."
Not long after making the pill swaps, Cropper said the ladies noticed their medications were no longer helping them. They contacted their home health nurse who confirmed the pills which had been used to trade were an over-the-counter pain medication.
"Our investigators learned 90 pills with a value of $663.30 were taken from one elderly lady, while 43 pills worth a little over $391 were taken from the second lady," Cropper said. "During a search of Council's residence our officers found a pill bottle containing four and a half Hydrocodone pills on the nightstand in her bedroom."
Cropper said officers also found an empty bottle of prescription Amphetamine Salt calling for 30 pills, which had been filled only eight days before. The chief said the pills were to be taken one per day for 30 days.
In addition to the theft and possession charges, Cropper said the D.A.'s office suggested a charge of cruelty to the infirmed be added because of the special circumstances involved with the prescription pain medication.
"Since one of the victims is 85 years old and the 40 Lortabs taken from her were for pain which resulted from an operation to remove a brain tumor, assistant district attorney Sherb Sentell believed a charge of cruelty to the infirmed was justified," Cropper said. "This lady is still in pain 10 years after the surgery and she needed that medication."
Council has been booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where she faces a total bond of $70,000, Cropper said.