Crime scene tech accused of stealing hundreds of drugs from evidence appears in court
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
An Escambia County crime scene technician has been accused of stealing prescription drugs from closed cases and selling them.
State Attorney Bill Eddins said the crimes Christine Rollins is charged with are serious.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan ordered she be fired immediately from her job.
Rollins appeared in video court at the Escambia County Courthouse on Monday.
She is accused of stealing prescription drugs from an evidence room.
"I believe, your honor, and the state believe that because of the seriousness of the charges, it is clear that this amount of drugs was not for personal use," Eddins said.
Eddins said the investigation spanned months.
"It's true that she did work on several major cases including some homicide cases," Eddins explained.
Eddins said Rollins' charges were increased because of the amount of drugs involved.
"The reports indicates that there were 460 pills, so we charged her with trafficking and hydrocodone that carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison," Eddins said.
Rollins has worked at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for 13 years.
She is being charged with trafficking hydrocodone over 209 grams, trafficking oxycodone of 14 grams or more, and 11 counts of grand theft.
The State Attorney’s Office said there are dozens of open cases that Rollins worked on, but they don't believe any of those cases will be directly impacted by this one.
"We're also in the process of reviewing those 60 cases, meeting with my prosecutors and having them identify the specific actions she took in the case and finding other ways to establish those facts independent of this witness," said Eddins.
Rollins will make her first court appearance on June 8th.