Florida grand jury indicts Martin County nurse Katherine Shannon Dunton tampering with anesthetic capsules to steal fentanyl Liquid for medical use.
According to the indictment, while working as a nurse at Martin County Ambulatory Surgical Center, Dunton,54 years old and Liquid Fentanyl extracted from various capsules or vials,
He then filled them with saline solution and returned the adulterated vials to their starting positions to be used later in the surgery.
The charges were announced by Juan Antonio Gonzalez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; and Justin Fielder, special agent in charge of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigation (FDA-OCI).
Dunton is being found guilty faces up to 10 years in prison According to a statement published by the prison, Florida Gov.
The document clarifies that “medical professionals use the liquid form of fentanyl, fentanyl citrate, to keep patients from moving during surgery and to relieve their pain.”
The case will be handled by Assistant District Attorney Diana M. Acosta and has been investigated by the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigation in Miami with assistance from the US Postal Inspection Service.
The report clarifies that so far this is only an allegation, and that “the defendant is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody sent a letter to President Joe Biden last July asking him to declare the synthetic opioid fentanyl an A. “Weapons of Mass Destruction”,
The prosecutor’s request was based on recent weeks-long mass overdose incidents in two Florida counties, in addition to an increase in drug-use deaths across the country.
Moody’s letter urged the US President to “take immediate action to stop the fentanyl crisis that is killing hundreds of Americans every day”.
More than 100,000 people died in the US between May 2020 and April 2021 from drug overdoses, and fentanyl was found in 64% of those cases.
From October 2020 to September 2021, overdoses killed people 7,574 people in Florida aloneas against 7,422 reported a year earlier.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted in October 2021 that by March of that year, Florida was registering 28.3% increase in deaths for larger quantities.
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug which is in high demand in the country. On December 3 the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico reported the seizure of some 660 pounds of the substance found inside the coconut He was transported in a truck bound for the United States.
According to the DEA, fentanyl comes in the form of pills or powder with a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes and It is designed to appeal to kids and youth,
In mid-November, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the Mexican cartel La Nueva Familia Michoacana and its leaders, Johnny Hurtado Olascoga and José Alfredo Hurtado Olascoga, for being “behind the growing presence in the country of rainbow fentanyl”. . ,