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Navy: Surgical Tech Court-Martialed for Drug Theft in 2011

DENVER -- A former surgery technician who denied federal charges of stealing medicine at a Colorado hospital was court-martialed in 2011 for stealing the same drugs while deployed in Afghanistan.

The Navy says 28-year-old Rocky Allen pleaded guilty to several charges involving the painkiller fentanyl. The Navy released the information in response to a request from The Denver Post.

Allen was a surgical tech in the Navy, but was deployed with an Army unit in Afghanistan. The court-martial was convened by the Army.

Allen had been working at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver area when he was spotted taking a syringe filled with painkillers from an operating room Jan. 22.

His attorney says Allen suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and he started using drugs after witnessing horrors in Afghanistan.

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