The former manager of the Anne Arundel police crime lab pleaded guilty Monday to charges that she stole prescription drugs from drop boxes at district stations for more than two years. Annette Alchin Box, 48, of Pasadena agreed to the terms of the plea, which sees her plead guilty to three offenses, including misconduct in office. In exchange for the plea, Deputy State’s Attorney Claude de Vasty Jones said prosecutors will drop 12 other misdemeanor charges and recommend a sentence of six months of active incarceration at Box’s sentencing Feb. 13. Monday’s hearing was largely a retread of what police have outlined in charging documents, which painted Box as an employee who abused her authority to steal drugs from the department. Box was arrested after police said they found she’d asked her daughter to bring the garbage bags full of drugs to a neighbor’s home following a crash outside her home. The department said the drugs were taken from its drop boxes, which allow the public to dispose of unused or unwanted prescription medications at the agency’s four district stations and at its Millersville headquarters. Months after Box was arrested, prosecutors expanded the charges against her as they say the investigation found she’d started stealing drugs from the department as early as Aug. 16, 2014. Vasty Jones said that, between searches of her house and car, more than 1,800 forms of controlled substances were seized along with nearly 10,000 over-the-counter drugs. She said Box used her position as a manager of the crime lab to manipulate the chain of custody protocol within the department’s computer system to take the drugs while avoiding detection. Charging documents state that she was also taking oxycodone from the department’s storage, which she leaded guilty to Monday in Circuit Court. Box’s defense attorney, Peter O’Neill, said Box was bringing the drugs home for “personal use.” Following her arrest, Police Chief Timothy Altomare suspended all lab operations and initiated a full audit and inventory of the lab in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Police have said the surveillance cameras near the drop boxes were repositioned so as to point