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Former EMT sentenced in morphine tampering case

A former EMT in Jackson County was sentenced Tuesday to five years on federal probation for stealing morphine from vials.

Thirty-three-year-old Colby VanWagoner of Mayetta pleaded guilty to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by deception and one count of making a false statement during an investigation.

In his plea, VanWagoner admitted he tampered with vials of morphine sulfate. He replaced morphine with saline solution and put the vials back into narcotic boxes on ambulances and in office stocks. Tests showed the concentration of morphine in vials that had been tampered with was low as 1 percent or less. The concentration of morphine should have been 100 percent.

A condition of his release is he not engage in any occupation that would give him access to controlled substances without prior approval from his probation officer. He also must complete an approved substance abuse program.

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