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May 3, 2018: Indictment: Kansas EMT Stole Morphine from Vials

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WICHITA, KAN. – An EMT in Jackson County, Kan., is charged with stealing morphine from vials, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. 

Colby W. Vanwagoner, 32, Mayetta, Kan., is charged with two counts of tampering with consumer products & one count of making a false statement to federal investigators. A grand jury indictment returned April 26 & unsealed May 2 alleges the crimes took place while Vanwagoner was working for the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service in Holton, Kan.


The indictment alleges Vanwagoner tampered with vials of morphine sulfate. It is alleged he replaced morphine with saline solution & put the vials back into narcotic boxes on ambulances or in office stocks. Tests showed the concentration of morphine in vials that had been tampered with was low as 1 percent or less.


If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison & a fine up to $250,000 on the on the tampering charges & up to five years & a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of lying to investigators. The Food & Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.


In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until & unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.






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Updated: May 3, 2018 — 3:23 pm

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