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Kan. EMT Charged for Stealing Morphine from Ambulances

May 3—An emergency medical technician from Jackson County has been charged with stealing morphine from vials, authorities with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas said Thursday morning.

Colby W. Vanwagoner, 32, of Mayetta, is charged with two counts of tampering with consumer products and one count of making a false statement to federal investigators, authorities said.

A grand jury indictment returned April 26 and unsealed Wednesday alleges the crimes took place while Vanwagoner was working for the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service in Holton.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas, the indictment alleges Vanwagoner tampered with vials of morphine sulfate.

The indictment alleges Vanwagoner replaced morphine with saline solution and 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, Vanwagaoner faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the on the tampering charges and up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the charge of lying to investigators.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations.

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