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DEA investigates Rural Metro Ambulance for drug theft

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LOUISVILLE, Ky – (WDRB) -- Federal drug investigators are questioning whether narcotics were stolen from a local ambulance company.           

Within a matter of eight days, Rural Metro Ambulance Services sent out two memos. The first says morphine locked in safe boxes had been tampered with. The other, sent out this past weekend, alerted paramedics and EMTs that the Drug Enforcement Agency was looking into whether narcotics were stolen.

James White, the Division General Manager, would not elaborate, but a source close to the case says it involves morphine often used to help patients in pain and it's carried on ambulances.

The DEA notified White about the investigation on Thursday, but would not say what prompted it.

Rural Metro Ambulance Services is a private company not affiliated with Louisville Metro EMS. The staff received memos notifying them about the government's investigation.  White did say the narcotics in question were not on the ambulance but were actually stored at their building on Gilmore Industrial Blvd.

He would not reveal who has access to the drugs. "That's all part of the government's investigation and ours so it's not something I can really comment on at this point," says White.          

In the February 10th memo, White says Rural Metro Ambulance would change their policies and conduct daily audits, have new logbook sheets, and assign individual boxes to specific paramedics. White says the Louisville and Lexington locations have stripped the ambulances of all narcotics. White would not say how Lexington is involved.    

Just last year, the FBI launched a Medicaid and Medicare fraud investigation against Rural Metro Ambulance. The company was accused of billing for services it did not provide, going back to 2003.

We reached out to the DEA for comment, but their office was closed Monday due to the federal holiday.

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