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January 9, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Guilty plea in pill thefts at Spokane hospital

SPOKANE (AP) — A hospital pharmacy technician accused of removing more than 250,000 painkillers over several years pleaded guilty Wednesday in Spokane.

Paul Martsin, 25, agreed to a plea deal that would send him to prison for five years. He pleaded guilty to theft, money laundering and dealing controlled substances, The Sp0kesman Review reports.

Martsin was arrested in July after a surveillance camera at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center showed him stuffing bottles of pills and codeine cough syrup into his backpack.

Detectives believe he sold the drugs to pay off gambling debts.

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