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Senior living center employees accused of taking patients’ medications
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Lewonia Sue Defevers and Maxey Lee McGill

Two employees at a Gainesville senior living center were charged with possessing drugs belonging to the patients, according to authorities.

Maxey Lee McGill, 39, of Gainesville, and Lewonia Sue Defevers, 45, of Gainesville, were arrested after an investigation beginning in December.

Both were employees at Ashton Senior Living on Enota Avenue in Gainesville.

McGill was charged with possession of fentanyl and two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.

“According to investigators, McGill was found in possession of a quantity of hydrocodone and a vial of morphine. The drugs belonged to two patients at the facility. Task force officers also found fentanyl patches in McGill’s vehicle,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in an email.

Defevers was charged with felony possession of morphine.

“Investigators found her in possession of a vial of morphine that belonged to a former patient at the facility who is now deceased,” Booth wrote.

Both were taken to the Hall County Jail, and no bond has been set.

The case is still under investigation, but no further arrests are expected.

Management at Ashton Senior Living declined to comment.

No attorney information was available for McGill or Defevers from Magistrate Court officials Friday, March 8.

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