Moncks Corner police find thousands of pills in burglary suspect’s home

Moncks Corner police say they found thousands of pills inside the Moncks Corner home of burglary suspect Carrie Anne Collette, 34, on 1/16/2013 (provided)

Moncks Corner police found $40,000 worth of pills in the home of a woman charged in connection with a pharmacy break-in on Wednesday, authorities said.

Lt. Michael Roach said investigators found more than 10,000 pills in Carrie Ann Collette’s Moncks Corner home, including a variety of prescription painkillers. “There was anything and everything in there,” he said.

Police have charged Collette, 34, of Waterside Boulevard, with a burglary at Delta Pharmacy, at 402 E. Main St., around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Responding to an alarm, officers found the glass front door had been smashed and the pharmacy ransacked, police said.

A short time later, Collette was involved in a wreck on U.S. Highway 52, near Tom Hill Road, authorities said.

Collette and passenger Eric Humphrey, 30, of Mount Pleasant, were headed east on U.S. 52 in a Suzuki when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant said.The Suzuki struck several curbs and came to a stop in the middle of the highway, Wyant said.

Collette was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving under suspension, Wyant said.

State troopers found evidence from the Delta burglary in Collette’s car, Roach said.

Police, along with state Department of Health and Environmental Control agents, went to Collette’s home armed with search warrants. Inside, they found a large cache of prescription and non-prescription drugs, including pills taken from Delta, Roach said.

“The bedroom of the residence was littered with hundreds of pills and pill bottles, as well as additional evidence from the burglary,” he said.

Collette and Humphrey are being held at the Berkeley County detention center on second-degree burglary charges, and they will also be charged with possession of controlled substances, Roach said.

Reach Glenn Smith at 937-5556 or Twitter.com/glennsmith5.

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