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Druggist sentenced

Daniel Kociela, a local pharmacist who pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance in October, was sentenced to four years of supervised probation yesterday.

Kociela, 48, a former employee of Carl’s Pharmacy, pleaded guilty to possession of Dexedrine, a class-four felony. According to the terms of his deferred sentence, the conviction will be removed from his record if he complies with probation requirements.

Judge T. Peter Craven also sentenced Kociela to perform 150 hours of useful public service, write a letter of apology to Carl’s, attend counseling and be subject to random drug tests, pay court costs and fines, surrender his driver’s license, and “comply with any conditions imposed by the Colorado State Board of Pharmacy,” according to court documents.



Kociela was arrested last summer on charges he had been stealing Dexedrine tablets from Carl’s. Dexedrine, known in street parlance as “speed,” is a diet pill that must be prescribed by a doctor.

Kociela reportedly was caught after another pharmacist found a “to-do list” he had written, reminding him to pick up a number of items including Dexedrine, according to the court papers. A tally of the Dexedrine tablets before and after Kociela’s shifts revealed that as many as 32 of the pills were missing between April and July.


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