Ex-hospital tech indicted on charges of stealing painkillers

By Associated Press

DENVER — A former surgical technician has been indicted on federal tampering and drug charges after allegedly stealing pain medication intended for patients at Swedish Medical Center in Denver.

Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Rocky Allen, 28, of Denver faces charges of tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

A federal judge ordered Allen to remain in jail pending a detention hearing on Friday to discuss whether he should be released on bond. He was appointed a federal public defender who was not present during his brief court appearance.

Allen is accused of taking syringes of painkillers and replacing them with syringes containing another substance. Authorities haven’t identified the other substance. Allen surrendered to an attorney’s office Tuesday morning after agents tried to arrest him late last week.

Prosecutors could file additional charges at the end of an ongoing investigation, U.S. Attorney spokesman Jeff Dorschner said.

Swedish Medical Center asked about 2,900 people who underwent surgery while Allen worked there to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, where Allen previously worked, is also offering testing.

Officials in both states have said they are not aware of any patients becoming infected so far.

Published by – Albuquerque Journal

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