- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A former postal worker in West Virginia has admitted stealing packages containing prescription drugs.

Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Brittany Harrison of Cross Lanes pleaded guilty Monday to theft of mail by a postal employee.

Prosecutors say Harrison worked in the Charleston main post office as a mail processing clerk and learned to identify packages that contained oxycodone and hydrocodone pills.

In April 2016 she stole oxycodone pills from a package to be delivered from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington to a Charleston resident. She also admitted stealing prescription pain pills from at least six other packages.

Harrison faces up to five years in federal prison. Sentencing has been set for Jan. 4 in federal court in Charleston.

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