Former Roanoke County EMS worker sentenced to 3 years for tampering with fentanyl, hydromorphone

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – A former employee for Roanoke County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was sentenced on Wednesday to 36 months in federal prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to tampering with vials of fentanyl and hydromorphone, officials say.

According to court documents, Jeffery Leedy tampered with at least 50 vials of fentanyl and hydromorphone from November 2018 to June 2019 while working at Lynchburg General Hospital and as an EMS worker for Roanoke County EMS.

The Department of Justice says a Roanoke City EMS ambulance crew member discovered a suspected tampered vial of fentanyl while on an EMS call in May 2019 after trying to administer the vial to a patient and noticing the cap was not secured. Additional investigation revealed Leedy had tampered with the vial by removing the fentanyl and replacing it with saline.

After a supervisor with Roanoke County EMS queried the access card database, the department says that supervisor determined Leedy had been accessing the rescue squad building at night — while he was not working — to take the fentanyl.

Further investigation determined at least 50 vials of fentanyl and hydromorphone had been tampered with, according to officials.

The DOJ announced back in late March that Leedy pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product (fentanyl and  hydromorphone) that affects interstate commerce with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury.

The case — which was reportedly investigated by the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations and Virginia State Police — was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Ramseyer.

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