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WILSON – The owner of the Wilson Community Pharmacy told Niagara County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday that someone took a bottle containing 1,000 pills of the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone from a shipment that was delivered to the store.

The pill is in high demand on the street where it has a value of about $8 per pill or $8,000, according to the business owner Leanne Haley-Brown.

She told deputies that a shipment from a the commercial pharmaceutical company Anda, arrived damaged prior to delivery and the hydrocodone pills were the only thing missing from the shipment. Three other packages, which did not contain hydrocodone were not disturbed.

According to deputies investigating the matter, Federal Express was contacted and told them they are investigating similar incidents where hydrocodone pills are missing from packages sent by Anda.