Saturday, September 26, 2009

Louisiana paramedic arrested for stealing medications from blind man

From The Shreveport Times in Louisiana:

MINDEN, La. – A DeSoto Parish man who works as an area paramedic stole prescription drugs from a blind Sibley resident he treated, Webster sheriff’s authorities said Sept. 25 in a news release.

The arrest of Scott A. Hall, 44, happened while narcotics investigators were following up on a tip. Hall, who lives on Forest Lane in Mansfield, was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for possession of a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance with intent to distribute, felony theft and prohibited acts on all scheduled. His bond is set at $22,500.

Hall admitted to stealing a large supply of Lortab and distributing a portion of them in DeSoto Parish, according to a news release.

“We found the drugs in his car during our search,” said Lt. Det. Shawn Baker of the Webster sheriff’s narcotics division. “During an interview he made an admission to the theft and told us where he had taken some of the drugs in Webster and DeSoto parishes.”

The DeSoto sheriff’s office was contacted for help. Through the cooperative effort, detectives hope to locate and retrieve all of the distributed pills linked to the case. The investigation into Hall’s actions is ongoing and may lead to more charges.