DEA investigating Louisville ambulance company for drug theft

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Serious allegations against a local ambulance company under investigation for drug theft. This isn't the first time WAVE 3 has reported claims against the company.

The Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA, wouldn't release many details only confirming that they are investigating Rural/Metro Ambulance, an Alabama based company.

The DEA is looking into whether narcotics were stolen from the company office.

In a statement, James White the Division General Manager told WAVE 3, "Rural/Metro Ambulance is cooperating fully with their investigation. Rural/Metro Ambulance will continue to provide patient transports, as usual, and will coordinate services accordingly with its customers."

Under question is whether drugs to help patients were stolen.  White says the narcotics were not on the ambulances but in their building on Gilmore Industrial Blvd.

White says they store Morphine, and other drugs like Valium and treat anxiety.

White told WAVE 3 Rural/Metro Ambulance was notified on Thursday that it was under investigation by the DEA.

WAVE 3 found out this isn't the first time Rural/Metro Ambulance has been investigated. Last Spring, the FBI looked at the company for claims of fraudulently billing Medicare and Medicaid programs in Kentucky and Alabama.

White says Rural/Metro Ambulance is conducting their own investigation. They did provide a memo to employees, notifying them of the investigation.

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