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Unified Fire chief’s drug fraud case headed to trial in November

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Aug 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-22 19:42:29-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Unified Fire Authority Deputy Chief Marlon Jones didn't appear in court in person but his attorney said they were hopeful his case was going to be dismissed.

However, that was not the case Friday; Jones’ case has been set for a jury trial in mid-November.

Jones is a long time deputy chief with the UFA.

He's been on paid administrative leave since May 2013 when he was charged with 14 felonies relating to alleged doctor shopping and his alleged abuse of prescription pain pills, including oxycodone.

The whole investigation started after authorities found morphine and other pain medications were missing from UFA ambulances and firehouses.

Officials said some medications had been replaced with saline.

Jones was not implicated in any of that but detectives did allege that Jones got hundreds of pain pills from three different doctors over a year period.

Now, even though this case has been set for trial, Jones’ attorney is still hopeful the charges will be dismissed.

Unless or until a dismissal happens, Marlon Jones will be back to stand trial on those felony charges Nov. 17.