Mankato Woman Steals Drugs From Dental Clinic She Cleaned, Say Charges

(Mankato, MN) – A 53-year-old woman from Mankato stands accused of stealing drugs from a local dental clinic where she worked as a custodian.

Kari Anne Edwards is charged with two counts of theft and two counts of drug possession. All are felonies.

The investigation began on March 17th when staff at an oral surgery office in Mankato contacted the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. The staff reported that two bottles of Fentanyl and a bottle of Propofol had gone missing since Edwards took over cleaning duties there in February.

Agents went to Edwards home and after initially denying that she took the meds, she eventually produced two of the missing bottles and said she had thrown out the other.

Fentalyn is an extremely potent synthetic opiod. Propofol is a an anesthetic and sedative and is the drug that was linked to the death of Michael Jackson.

The value of the drugs allegedly stolen by Edwards is more than $1,500.

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