The former director of Walker County EMS was arrested Friday after it was discovered that he utilized his position to purchase large amounts of Ketamine for personal use, according to an arrest affidavit.
John Nabors, 51, a 28-year county employee who retired in April, is facing a pair of felony charges for fraud with intent to obtain a controlled substance and abuse of official capacity.
According to records, the Walker County District Attorney’s Office was notified in April that an audit was being performed on Walker County EMS — the same month that Nabors retired from the county. During the audit, it was determined that a large amount of Ketamine was unaccounted for. Ketamine is a controlled substance under the Texas Penal Code, and is known to have powerful effects against depression and suicidal thoughts. Emergency responders commonly give it to agitated patients who, for example, they have rescued from a suicide attempt.
The affidavit states that Nabors obtained 520 vials of the controlled substance from a local pharmacy in Huntsville while serving as the EMS director. Those vials were never stocked into ambulances or logged into the Walker County EMS inventory.
“As the EMS Director, Nabors was entrusted with the power to order prescriptions from Walker County EMS to fill the vault or stock the ambulances,” the affidavit stated. “Nabors is issued a Walker county credit card to facilitate these transactions. These prescriptions are then secured in the vault utilizing a two-step security measure and logged into inventory.”
Investigators found that Nabors purchased the 520 vials through 45 transactions using a non-county issued personal credit card. During a search of his former home, investigators found a Nike shoe box in the bathroom that contained Ketamine boxes with markings showing that the drugs were purchased by the county’s supplier and sold to Walker county EMS.
Jail records show that Nabors has been released on a $10,000 bond.
If found guilty, Nabors could face between two to 20 years in prison for the second-degree felony and 180 days to two years for the state jail felony.
The Walker County District Attorney’s Office, which has led the investigation, opted not to provide comment on the arrest.