SENTENCED: One of four charged in case involving narcotic drugs on VA Medical Center campus
MILWAUKEE (WITI) — One of four people charged in a case involving narcotic drugs on the VA Medical Center campus has been sentenced.
46-year-old Yvette Wright faced two felony charges in the case: two counts of manufacturing/delivering Schedule I, Schedule II narcotics.
In court on Wednesday, November 12th, Wright was sentenced to one year in the House of Correction, with Huber release. That sentence was stayed, and Wright was placed on probation for one year.
Wright has been ordered to not possess any controlled substances without a valid prescription, and she must perform 50 hours of community service as conditions of probation. She has also been ordered to have no contact with the co-defendants in this case.
Others charged in the case include: 39-year-old Jermaine Cohill, 35-year-old Ryan Driscoll, and 28-year-old Alicia Ojeda.
The court has made a deferred prosecution/sentence agreement with Cohill, Driscoll and Ojeda. Cohill has a review hearing scheduled for February 9th. Driscoll has a review hearing scheduled for January 13th. Ojeda has a review hearing scheduled for January 5th.
Those charged in this case are former employees of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Cohill served as a licensed practical nurse, and Driscoll, Ojeda and Wright served as nursing assistants.
They were charged after they allegedly gave, sold or received narcotic drugs on VAMC property.
According to the criminal complaint, a certified nursing assistant working at the VA Medical Center told police on December 11th, 2013 she observed four incidents in which medical employees, later identified as Cohill, Ojeda and Wright, would pass medication between each other.
During an investigation into this conduct, police identified a fourth individual, later identified as Driscoll, who was also involved in the exchange of pills.
According to the criminal complaint, Wright told police she sold oxycodone, which was prescribed by her personal physician, to Driscoll on four separate occasions. Two of those sales occurred on VAMC property.
Wright also told police she gave Ojeda percocet pills on VAMC property approximately six times over a two-year period.
The complaint indicates that Wright received approximately 120 pills every month and gave away or sold ten of them — allegedly selling a single painkiller for $5.
According to the criminal complaint, Cohill told police that he also received percocet pills from Wright on four separate occasions and ingested them while on VAMC property. On four other occasions, Cohill told police he received tramadol pills from Driscoll while on the VAMC property.
Cohill estimates that he received 10-15 pills from Driscoll –which he added to his own bottle of prescribed tramadol.
The complaint indicates that Wright also gave Ojeda hydrocodone approximately 12 times while on VAMC property. Ojeda told police she ingested the pills either on VAMC property or at home.
Ojeda also told police that she received lorazepam from Cohill after she observed him ingest a pill while working.
According to the criminal complaint, Driscoll told police he had given, but never sold, his prescribed tramadol to Cohill. Driscoll also admitted to receiving vicodin from Wright.
The complaint indicates that Driscoll gave seven to eight tramadol pills to Cohill over an eight-month period while on VAMC property.