Tennessee carrier under investigation in theft of VA medications

Marshall County and federal law enforcement officers are investigating what appears to be theft of medicine mailed by a Veterans Administration pharmacy to a patient who’s a resident along a Petersburg mail route.

Bragg explained that the VA patient complained about not getting his proper medication.

“Apparently the Postal Service received complaints over time that things were missing from the mail, medicine being mailed to the VA patient,” Bragg said.

“They got a box [of medicine that was to be mailed] and treated the box with clue spray. It’s invisible but under fluorescent light, it fluoresces,” the experienced detective said. “Apparently, they contacted the person who was to receive the package asking that he contact them when it was delivered.

When it was, “they inspected it and determined that it had been tampered with,” Bragg continued. “It was found to have been opened and there was a substitution made.”

Shortly thereafter, “They traffic stopped him,” Bragg said of Michael Murdock, the letter carrier who delivers from the Post Office on the Petersburg public square. “After he was stopped and they identified themselves as federal agents… he and his vehicle ended up in Petersburg” at the Post Office.

“It was determined that he had the substance on him and in his vehicle, indicating that he had … opened the package,” Bragg said.

“He was glowing,” the detective said.

Full story: Marshall County Tribune: Local News: Feds probe stolen VA mail (01/05/11).