Former Kansas EMT sentenced for stealing morphine from vials

March 13, 2019 - 6:14 pm

A former emergency responder in Jackson County, Kansas, has been sentenced to five years on federal probation for stealing morphine from vials.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Colby VanWagoner, 33, of Mayetta, was sentenced Tuesday. He was also ordered not to work anywhere that gives him access to controlled substances without prior approval from his probation officer. And he must complete a drug treatment program.

He pleaded guilty in December to obtaining a controlled substance by deception and making a false statement.

Prosecutors say VanWagoner replaced morphine with saline solution while working for the Jackson County Emergency Medical Service in Holton. Tests showed the concentration of morphine in vials that were tampered with was 1% or less. The concentration of morphine should have been 100%.

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