Former UPS worker accused of stealing pain pills from packages

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - A former UPS employee is behind bars in Durham after being charged with taking packages with pills inside, and intending to sell them.

Durham police arrested Kenneth Dupree, 25, of Rocky Mount after finding nearly 200 pills of morphine and oxycodone in his car.

According to warrants, Dupree took five packages that had not yet been delivered and put them in a Nissan Altima while working at UPS.

“People who are entrusted to keep merchandise safe, if something gets missing, there’s an investigation,” said John Fitzpatrick, a criminal defense attorney. “If they found out someone took it, they can charge them with larceny by employee.”

In addition to larceny by employee, Dupree is charged with having cocaine, and two charges of trafficking heroine or opioids.

Fitzpatrick is not connected to this case, but says drug trafficking is an issue law enforcement is working to stop.

“It’s a problem nationwide, specifically including Durham, but also Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County,” he said. “There’s a lot of places where drugs are being transported.”

CBS 17 reached out to UPS for comment.

The company confirms Dupree did work for UPS and added, “UPS is working with law enforcement authorities. We do not comment on open investigations.”

Dupree is currently in jail on a $1.5 million bond.

He is scheduled to have his first appearance in court Friday morning.

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