EMS employee charged with stealing drugs

Friday, December 19, 2014

From Staff Reports

Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a former Marshall County paramedic charged with stealing drugs which were stored on ambulances.

A "narcotic discrepancy" was noted on Nov. 18 during the normal narcotic accountability procedures at Marshall County Emergency Medical Services, wrote Director Bill Reuter in a press release.

"EMS began an internal investigation, with five employees being sent for drug screening; during the investigation other controlled substances were discovered that had potentially been tampered with," Reuter continued.

At this point he contacted law enforcement, the Tennessee Department of Health EMS Division, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, on Nov. 19 TBI agents began investigating paramedic Scott Smith, 38, of Belfast.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that from Oct. 22 through Nov. 18, Smith removed controlled substances such as Dilaudid, morphine and fentanyl from ambulances while he was working. Agents learned that Smith stole some of the controlled substances, then refilled the packages with saline solution and placed them back into the ambulances. Smith later aided agents in the recovery of the packages which had been tampered with and were still on the ambulances. Smith was first placed on administrative leave, and then terminated from employment.

Wednesday, a Marshall County grand jury returned an indictment against Smith, charging him with one count of theft and one count of official misconduct. TBI agents arrested Smith, who was booked into the Marshall County Jail where he was released after posting a $7,500 bond. Smith's attorney is Ray Fraley Jr. of Fayetteville.