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Felony charges against Unified Fire deputy chief for ‘doctor shopping’ dismissed

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Oct 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 17:13:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials have confirmed all 14 felony charges against Unified Fire Deputy Chief Marlon Jones have been dismissed.

Deputy Chief Jones was facing charges for “obtaining a prescription under false pretenses” or doctor shopping.

Wednesday Jones’ attorney, Tyler Ayres, said the assistant fire chief has “always followed the directions provided by his doctors.”

Ayres said Jones never tried to get medication that wasn’t prescribed to him and never abused prescriptions in any way.

The attorney said he expects Deputy Chief Jones to be reinstated immediately.

Jones has 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 that but detectives did allege that Jones got hundreds of pain pills from three different doctors over a year period.

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