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Kansas EMT pleads guilty to stealing morphine

December 13, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An emergency medical technician in Jackson County, Kansas, has admitted to stealing morphine.

Federal prosecutors said 33-year-old Colby VanWagoner, of Mayetta, pleaded guilty Wednesday to obtaining a controlled substance by deception and making a false statement during an investigation.

VanWagoner worked for the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service in Holton. In his plea, he said he replaced morphine sulfate with saline solution and put the vials back into narcotic boxes on ambulances and in office stocks.

Tests showed some of the vials that had been tampered with had concentrations of 1 percent or less of morphine. The concentration of morphine should have been 100 percent.

VanWagoner will be sentenced March 12.

The parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of five years on federal probation.