Kan. EMT pleads guilty to stealing morphine from ambulances

Colby VanWagoner pleaded guilty to stealing vials of morphine from ambulances and replacing them with watered-down solutions


By Tony Rizzo
Kansas City Star 

JACKSON COUNTY, Kan. — A Kansas emergency medical technician has pleaded guilty to stealing vials of morphine from ambulances and replacing them with watered-down solutions.

Colby VanWagoner, 33, of Mayetta, Kan., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to obtaining a controlled substance by deception and lying to cover it up.

A Kansas emergency medical technician has pleaded guilty to stealing vials of morphine from ambulances.
A Kansas emergency medical technician has pleaded guilty to stealing vials of morphine from ambulances. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

VanWagoner worked for the emergency medical service in Jackson County, Kan., which is just north of Topeka.

According to federal prosecutors, VanWagoner took vials of 100 percent liquid morphine and replaced them with vials of saline solution that contained only small percentages of morphine.

His sentencing is scheduled for March 12.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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