~Jasper, Arkansas~

Police Chief Peter DeChant said two Jasper men were arrested recently in connection with the burglary of the Jasper Pharmacy.

DeChant said the pharmacy was broken into just after midnight Sunday, March 21. He said about 120 bottles of pills and medications were stolen, totaling almost 19,000 individual pills.

After investigation and interviews, Jasper Police and Arkansas State Police arrested Austin Barber, 21, and Nathan Mock, 26. DeChant said they were charged with commercial burglary and breaking or entering.

DeChant said some of the pills stolen were controlled or schedule drugs, including diazepam (originally marketed as Valium), temazepam (similar to Valium) and diphen.

However, some of the stolen pills were actually medications for blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy and cholesterol control. He said some Tamiflu was also taken.

DeChant said the men allegedly went through the medications to determine what could be sold or used, then dumped the remainder along the highway. He said the men told investigators where they’d dumped the drugs and although there was evidence of that fact, heavy rains had washed the pills away.

DeChant said none of the schedule drugs were recovered.

Mock’s bond was set at $3,500 He was released on bond March 25 after being booked into the Boone County Jail for Jasper Police on March 23, records show.

Barber was also booked into the Boone County Jail, on March 24. Officials said he was still being held there Tuesday afternoon. Although Barber’s bond was set at $25,000, records show he was being held on a bond revocation as well.

  1. Slamdunk says:

    19,000 pills? Wow, that is a lot. I imagine most of what the burglars took was considered not resellable and dumped.

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