- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a former Denver-area hospital employee accused of stealing painkillers (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

A federal judge has set bail at $25,000 for a former surgery technician charged with stealing painkillers intended for patients at a Colorado hospital.

The judge on Friday also ordered 28-year-old Rocky Allen to get drug treatment.

Allen is charged with tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

Prosecutors say he took syringes filled with painkillers at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood and replaced them with some other substance. That substance hasn’t been disclosed.

Swedish has asked about 2,900 people to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix has also asked patients to be tested.

A defense attorney said Friday Allen is a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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11:25 a.m.

A former surgery technician has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of stealing painkillers intended for patients at a Colorado hospital.

Twenty-eight-year-old Rocky Allen entered his plea Friday. He’s charged with tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

Prosecutors say he took syringes filled with painkillers at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood and replaced them with some other substance. That substance hasn’t been disclosed.

Swedish asked about 2,900 people who had been patients there to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, where Allen previously worked, also offered testing.

Allen’s attorneys asked the judge to set bail for his release, but prosecutors asked that he be held without bail.

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9:10 a.m.

A former surgery technician charged with stealing painkillers intended for hospital patients is returning to Denver federal court.

Twenty-eight-year-old Rocky Allen will appear Friday for a detention hearing. He’s charged with tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit.

Prosecutors say he took syringes filled with painkillers at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver suburb of Englewood and replaced them with some other substance. That substance hasn’t been disclosed.

Swedish asked about 2,900 people who underwent surgery while Allen worked there to be tested for hepatitis and HIV. John C. Lincoln Medical Center in Phoenix, where Allen previously worked, is also offering testing.

Denver attorney James Avery says two of his clients who had procedures at Swedish tested positive for hepatitis-B. They’re awaiting follow-up tests.

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