NorthwestGeorgianNews reported the arrest of Marquette Wallin, an employee at Cozy Manor nursing home, who is facing drug charges after, police say, they found prescription medication belonging to some of the residents in her purse.
According to LaFayette Police Department reports:
On Sunday, Aug. 16, around 10:50 a.m., Wallin was found unconscious in her vehicle at the Kangaroo gas station at 1111 North Main Street. A police officer tried several times to wake her by knocking on the window. He was able to wake her after opening the driver’s-side door where she was sitting. Wallin appeared confused and disoriented, with slurred speech, and had trouble communicating. Wallin told the officer she had left work at Cozy Manor around 9 p.m. and driven to the gas station.
The officer believed that Wallin was under the influence of some type of controlled substance but did not smell alcohol on her. The officer asked Wallin to get out of the vehicle, but she stumbled and was swaying as she stepped out. The officer asked Wallin if she had taken any narcotics. Wallin replied that she takes several medications, but she had not taken any at that time.
She told the officer she had her and her fiancé’s medications in her purse. The officer asked to search her purse and Wallin consented. The officer located a prescription for hydrocodone listed to a former resident of Cozy Manor. The officer noticed several other different medications that were mixed in with her own medication. Those medications did not belong to Wallin.
According to LaFayette police Capt. Stacey Meeks, the additional medications found on Wallin belonged to residents of Cozy Manor, including some patients who had died. The listed medications found included hydrocodone, clonazepam, vyvanse, dextroamphetamine, phentermine hydrochloride, gabapentin, phendimetrazine, lasix, maxzide, lorazepam, and phendimetrazine. All the medications discovered were in Wallin’s purse.