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KSP Investigating Drug Thefts from Carter County EMS

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky State Police are investigating two separate thefts of drugs from Carter County EMS.

Troopers say the first investigation began in June and involves the tampering and theft of ampules of Fentanyl, along with the theft of multiple doses of morphine.

Detectives say that in the tampering cases, the Fentanyl was removed from the ampules and was replaced with an unknown substance.

"It could be extremely dangerous, because if another worker had taken one of the ampuls and thought they were administering Fentanyl to someone, and they were actually administering a substance that we are currently unaware of what it is,” State Police Trooper Michael Murriell said. “It could be very dangerous for any individual that had been treated by that service."

KSP says during the investigation a suspect was identified. They say that person was a paramedic with Carter EMS. They say that person was initially suspended, but has since been terminated. That person also lost their Emergency Services License.

"We have to hope people will make good decisions and not, especially in this kind of job, put someone's life in jeopardy potentially," Murriell said.

Charges are pending against that person. State Police say that person's name will be released when charges are filed.

KSP say Carter County EMS was alerted to the missing drugs after receiving a report from Sam Lowe, an auditor with Emergency Management.

On Monday, troopers began a second investigation into the theft of several doses of morphine. They say this investigation is not related to the June investigation.

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