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Pinellas jail clerk charged with stealing drugs

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A Pinellas County Jail employee is out of a job and under arrest after detectives say he pocketed drugs prescribed to inmates.

Detectives didn't have to go far for Alexander Lansky's arrest. He's a clerk inside the jail compound.

Detectives say Lansky stole more than 170 prescription pills from the very inmate property vault he oversaw.

"He was pinching some every day or every few days. He was taking them, stealing them, and using them," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Wednesday.

The pills were mainly painkillers. Detectives started surveillance after an inmate on his way out noticed his pill box was much lighter than when he'd arrived.

"He came into the Pinellas County Jail, he had a legitimate prescription for some pills. He had a certain amount of pills in the pill container. When he was released from jail, the number was less than what he came in with," Gualtieri said.

Lansky admitted to the crimes, saying he pocketed the prescriptions of five different inmates.

This is just the latest controversy plaguing the Pinellas County Jail. Since July, the Sheriff's Office has caught two contraband operations, arrested an inmate charged with murdering his cellmate, and fired a detention deputy for using excessive force.

"I think of a lot them are issues that happen everywhere. We're being very transparent about it," Gualtieri said.

The Sheriff says he's cracking down on bad behavior by signing on more Internal Affairs sergeants than ever before.

"I do not and will not tolerate anybody doing anything other than their job in the best way that they possibly can and with the highest degree of integrity," he said.

Lansky was charged with five counts of grand theft and another five counts of possession of prescription drugs. Gualtieri says he could face even more charges. They're still investigating into whether more inmates were victimized.

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