Courier Charged with Stealing Prescription Meds Bound for Care Centers

The drugs included pain and anxiety medications such as OxyContin, fentanyl, hydrocodone and alprazolam.

A courier stole a shipment of prescription medication he was supposed to deliver to health-care centers in Columbia and Osage Beach, .

The drugs included OxyContin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, Lorazepam and several other controlled substances.

A police report stated Mota Ries, 35, a courier for a logistics company serving NHC Healthcare, was supposed to take prescription medication from the company’s Town and Country location to centers in mid-Missouri on April 11.

When his supervisor passed him on Interstate 44, he called Mota to ask why he wasn’t going to Columbia first. Ries replied he “wanted to see the route to Osage Beach in the daylight,” according to a police report.

Later, it was reportedly discovered that Ries didn’t make the deliveries at all. He was arrested in a Phelps County convenience store.

According to the probable cause statement, Ries told police he hid the drugs behind a Taco Bell in Marshfield, but the drugs were not found. Police found paperwork related to the drugs in a dumpster behind the Taco Bell.

Ries, of the 200 block of Viewpoint Lane in Lake Saint Louis, was charged Tuesday with stealing a controlled substance. Bond was set at $10,000.

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