An employee of a Brunswick County nursing home is accused of taking opiates that were prescribed to residents of the facility.

Michelle Margaret Whitney, 26, of Leland, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of embezzlement of controlled substance by employee and two counts of trafficking in opiates more than 14 grams but less than 28 grams.

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She was booked under a $450,000 secured bond.

According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office officials, Whitney was charged in an investigation “regarding opiates from residents’ prescriptions being diverted at Brunswick Cove Living Center in Winnabow.”

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