A former employee at a Riverhead pharmacy has been charged with stealing narcotics and, with her boyfriend, selling them on the street, Riverhead Town Police said in a press release yesterday.

Police said Amber S. Maltese, 26, an employee of CVS Pharmacy at 1140 Old County Road, acting in concert with her boyfriend Tijay A. Clairborne, 28, removed from the pharmacy Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen pills on May 25 and Oxycodone-Acetaminophen pills on May 28, for the purpose of illegal resale in the community.

Maltese was arrested on July 19 on charges of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the fourth degree and two counts of petit larceny, police said. 

Clairborne was arrested on Sept. 13 on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the third degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the fifth degree, and two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree, according to police. 

The Riverhead Town Police Department, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s East End Drug Task Force and the Dug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Unit conducted an investigation into the theft and subsequent sale of the prescription pills, according to the press release. 

Both Maltese and Clairborne were arraigned on their arrest dates and released on their own recognizance, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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