Last of four charged in connection with drugs on VA Medical Center campus has his case resolved
MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — The last of four people charged in a case involving narcotic drugs on the VA Medical Center campus has had his case resolved.
38-year-old Jermaine Cohill appeared in court on Monday, February 9th. It was determined Cohill has complied with the deferred prosecution agreement brought by prosecutors, and the charge filed against him was amended as a result.
Cohill initially faced one count of possession of narcotic drugs. That charge was amended to possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and Cohill was ordered to pay a fine of $500 plus court costs.
35-year-old Ryan Driscoll last month was also found to have complied with his deferred prosecution agreement. An amended charge of possession of an illegally-obtained prescription was filed against him.
Driscoll was then sentenced to serve three days in the House of Correction — with credit for three days served.
Driscoll must pay court costs at a rate of $100 per month, beginning March 1st.
Others charged in the case include: 46-year-old Yvette Wright and 28-year-old Alicia Ojeda.
Wright was sentenced in November to serve one year in the House of Correction with Huber release. That sentence was stayed, and Wright was placed on probation for one year.
The court made a deferred prosecution/sentence agreement with Ojeda. Ojeda pleaded guilty to a felony possession of narcotic drugs charge. She will be sentenced on February 10th.
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.
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