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AMHERST TEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF OXYCONTIN

A Williamsville East High School student was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the theft of 300 Oxycontin pain pills from the pharmacy where she worked.

Amherst police filed four felony drug charges against Rachel A. Lewis, 17, of Via Foresta Lane, Amherst, describing her as the subject of an ongoing investigation into the sale of prescription pain pills to students in the town.

Lewis was arrested at about 9 p.m. outside the Rite Aid drugstore at 1640 Hopkins Road, where she had worked as a clerk.

"She'd stolen 300 Oxycontin pills last night, and we have reason to believe she may have been involved in other thefts of Oxycontin and Hydrocodone pills," a police spokesman said. "There have been other thefts at the store, and she had access to the pharmacy area."

Detective Ted DiNoto and Detective Lt. Joseph LaCorte have been working on the case with the store's owners and pharmacists.

Police say they believe some of the pills were sold to students at Williamsville East and others to other young people in the area.

Lewis faces felony charges of criminal possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell and two grand larceny counts.

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