06/11/2013 12:45 EDT | Updated 08/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Southern Alberta druggist charged after narcotics stolen from pharmacy

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A southern Alberta druggist is facing a number of charges after narcotics were stolen from a pharmacy.

Police in Lethbridge say they began an investigation at a Safeway pharmacy last month after the store said there were discrepancies in its drug inventory.

Police allege a man who worked as a pharmacist between December 2012 and March of this year created fake computer records and stole a highly potent narcotic painkiller for personal use.

Marvin Leonard Johnson of Raymond is charged with theft, fraud and possession of drugs.

He is to appear in Lethbridge provincial court on July 15.