Former crime lab director sentenced for drug thefts

Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 17:31:50-05

A former director of the Anne Arundel County Crime Lab was sentenced for stealing drugs from drop boxes in the county.

Annette Box, 49, was given six months of active incarceration for misconduct in office and other charges related to the theft of controlled dangerous substances from county facilities.

Authorities were made aware of Box's crime after she got into an accident on December 20, 2016.
Witnesses saw her 12-year-old daughter carrying black bags full of prescription drugs from the car into a home.

Box said she picked up the drugs from drop boxes, a place where people can properly dispose of unused and unwanted medication, at several police stations around the county. 

An investigation revealed Box used her position as a crime lab manager to gain access to the drugs and stole thousands of medications from 2014 to 2016.

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In December of 2017, Box pleaded guilty to misconduct in office, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and theft scheme.