THOMASVILLE — A woman suspected of stealing morphine from her employer was found in possession of two loaded syringes of the narcotic Monday morning.
On Friday afternoon, Thomasville Animal Hospital personnel contacted the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division about morphine missing at the 1103 Smith Ave. veterinary facility.
“There were a couple of people who could have access to it,” said a narcotics/vice division spokesman.
Agents set up surveillance on the animal hospital early Monday morning.
Employee Sheila Cone Gailey was confronted when she arrived at work and gave officers permission to search her purse.
“In her purse, we found two loaded syringes of morphine,” the spokesman said, adding that two used syringes also were found in Gailey’s purse.
The suspect, 39, 1216 E. Jackson St., showed agents drug vials from which she had extracted the drug.
The spokesman said officers found an empty morphine bottle the suspect took the drug from last week.
Gailey is no longer employed at Thomasville Animal Hospital, a spokesman at the business said.
The suspect is charged with unlawful possess possession of a Schedule II drug and theft by taking.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.