Corrections deputy accused of stealing prescription drugs from Key West police officer

Ashlie Hernandez babysitting at time of theft, deputies say

By Paradise Afshar - Digital Editor

KEY WEST, Fla. - A Monroe County corrections deputy was arrested Tuesday after stealing prescription pills from a family friend while she was babysitting for him, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The victim of the theft is Key West police Officer David Kouri. 

Kouri called the deputies in the morning and told them that Ashlie Hernandez, 27, had taken prescription medications while babysitting for him Monday night in his home, sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. 

Kouri said he knew how many pills were in the bottles because he had just filled the prescription and had not yet taken any of them.

He also told deputies that he counted the pills and found that some were missing, Herrin said. 

As part of the investigation, Kouri called Hernandez to discuss the theft, Herrin said. It was during that phone call that Hernandez told Kouri that her boyfriend had taken the drugs.

She then told Kouri that she had some of the drugs and they agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Key West Police Department so she could return the pills, Herrin said.

The pair met at about 4 p.m. and soon after Hernandez handed over a plastic bag with the pills inside, Herrin said. Detectives stopped her and she admitted to taking the pills, Herrin said.

Hernandez was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and theft of a controlled substance. 

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