Man charged with stealing narcotic medications

TUPPER LAKE – Village police arrested a Tupper Lake man on four arrest warrants at 10 a.m. Friday.

Police said Vaughn P. Cole, 30, went to a local pharmacy in November to pick up prescription medication for another person. Cole allegedly replaced the narcotic medication with a non-narcotic drug that resembled the size and shape of the prescribed pills and gave them to the victim, who then unknowingly ingested the wrong medication.

Police said an investigation revealed Cole sold several narcotic pills to another person at around the same time.

Village police also executed a search warrant on Cole’s apartment in November and found him to be in possession of marijuana.

Cole was wanted on four warrants previously issued by Tupper Lake Village Justice Christopher Delair. He was located by Star Lake-based state police and transported by them to Tupper Lake, where he was turned over to village police.

Cole was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree reckless endangerment, both misdemeanors, and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. He was arraigned in village court in front of Justice Delair and remanded to Franklin County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.