Two New York men were arrested Monday in connection with the theft of 10,000 to 15,000 prescription pills in New York.
William H. Chapple III, 45, and Cody S. Broecker, 21, were served warrants by Klamath County Sheriff’s deputies at a home in Bonanza.
Chapple was charged locally with failing to appear in court on a DUII arrest and giving false information to a police officer. Broecker is also accused of giving false information to police.
The men face several criminal charges in New York, including burglary, conspiring to burglarize, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and conspiring with intent to distribute.
The criminal charges in New York come with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The two men were initially lodged in the Klamath County Jail, but were picked up Thursday by U.S. Marshals and transported to Medford where they will appear at the U.S. Courthouse at an undetermined date and time.
The burglary and pill theft occurred in August at a Niagra County health center, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
Law enforcement was tipped off that Chapple and Broecker were responsible for the burglary. After a search warrant was issued, authorities searched Chapple’s home and found “hundreds of prescription tablets and capsules,” according to the press release.
The two men then apparently fled from New York to the Klamath Falls area.