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Man Indicted for Taking Controlled Substances from Kansas Hospital

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A federal grand jury in Kansas returned an indictment charging an Overland Park man on two counts of tampering with a consumer product, one count of possession of fentanyl by deception and subterfuge, and one count of possession of hydromorphone by deception and subterfuge.

According to court documents, in March 2021, Alec Ramirez, 30, a registered nurse, is accused of removing vials of fentanyl and hydromorphone from an automated dispensing cabinet at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park and replacing the substances with an alternate liquid then returning the vials to the cabinet.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Faiza Alhambra and Trent Krug are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated November 1, 2021