June 4, 2014
Washington County Deputy Sheriff arrested on prescription drug charges
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of Washington County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Miller, 29, 215 Cole School Road, Avella, on prescription drug charges.
On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, agents from the Office of Attorney General arranged a controlled purchase of Suboxone, a Schedule III narcotic used to treat addiction to opioids, especially heroin.
Miller was taken into custody following a controlled purchase conducted by agents, with the assistance of the McDonald Police Department, and charged with one count of delivery of Suboxone, one count of possession with the intent to deliver Suboxone, one count of possession of Suboxone and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.
"We are seeing people from all walks of life diverting drugs illegally to make a profit," Attorney General Kane said. "Unfortunately, Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring program only collects data on Schedule II narcotics such as OxyContin, Percocet and fentanyl. There is no means to track other, highly-addictive Schedule III, IV and V controlled substances."
Attorney General Kane reiterated her support for expanding the state's prescription drug monitoring program to include Schedule III, IV and V narcotics to better enable health practitioners and law enforcement in preventing the illegal diversion of prescription drugs.
Miller is currently being held in the Washington County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Attorney General Kane thanked the McDonald Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office for its assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted by the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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