OSHA Compliance

Suspect in medical-waste dump near Ralston now charged with thefts from Tulsa hospital


  Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:00 am
  COREY JONES, World Staff Writer

A man who authorities think dumped vials of blood and used syringes into the Arkansas River was charged Friday in connection with the theft of medical waste from a Tulsa hospital.

Garrett Gibson, 27, of Ralston was charged in Tulsa County District Court with unlawful possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, larceny of controlled drugs and larceny from a structure, court records show.

Gibson’s arrest at St. John Medical Center early Monday came on the heels of last weekend’s discovery of medical-waste containers in the Arkansas River near Ralston. The containers were filled with used syringes and vials of blood.

Labels on the recovered items pointed authorities to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where a spokeswoman said a man had been arrested Monday in connection with the theft of medical materials from the hospital.

Ralston is about 60 miles northwest of Tulsa in Pawnee County.

Pawnee County Sheriff Mike Waters said Monday that Gibson likely was responsible for the medical waste thefts and the discarded items in the river.

Gibson was detained by hospital security around 4 a.m. Monday after he was found stealing discarded syringes and controlled substances, according to his arrest report. Gibson claimed to be a janitor but actually did not work for the hospital, the report says.

When he was stopped by a security guard, Gibson was carrying a small black trash can with “used needles and discarded vials” that contained small amounts of drugs, the report states. Approximately 100 to 200 vials were in the trash can.

Tulsa Jail records on Friday evening indicated that Gibson’s bail was set at $12,000 and that he also was being held for Payne County.

Source: Tulsa World