Lake County employee John Thomas Taylor accused of soliciting and distributing prescription drugs

LEADVILLE, Colo. - A former employee of Lake County is accused of selling prescription drugs and getting other employees involved in the scheme.

John Thomas "Tommy" Taylor, 41, was arrested Monday, according to the Lake County District Attorney. He was under investigation for several months prior to the arrest.

Taylor is accused of asking several of his coworkers in the Office of Land Use to purchase painkillers for him in exchange for money between March 2011 and November 2012. The pills he asked for included Oxycodone, Percocet, Oxycontin and Vicodin.

"This prosecution has a heightened importance because many of these offenses occurred while Mr. Taylor was on the job," District Attorney Bruce Brown said in a Tuesday statement. "Anytime a government employee engages in criminal activity it threatens to damage the public's trust in government. We initiate such prosecutions with great seriousness."

Taylor is charged with unlawful possession of drugs that were not prescribed to him and illegally distributing the pills after keeping a portion for himself. He is out of jail on $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for an advisement hearing on Sept. 3.

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