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Monterey Paramedic Arrested When Missing Morphine Allegedly Found In Her Home

Arrests of the paramedic and two roommates evolved from Santa Cruz County Auto Theft Task Force work with Monterey agency.

A Monterey County paramedic was arrested with two other people Wednesday after authorities found vials of morphine reported stolen from an ambulance, according to the county sheriff's office.
  
The arrests came as authorities from the Monterey County Auto Theft Task Force and the Santa Cruz County Auto Theft Task Force were investigating stolen cars recovered from Castroville in the past few months, according to the sheriff's office. 

Deborah Bennet, a 46-year-old paramedic, and her roommates Michael Pipitone, 52, and Jennifer Cooke, 32, were arrested after deputies found illegal drugs in the residence they shared in unincorporated Castroville, sheriff's officials said.

Investigators used a search warrant to explore the home in the 15000 block of Del Monte Farms Road at 12:18 p.m. Wednesday and recovered quantities of heroin and methamphetamine, several vials of morphine, a firearm and ammunition.

The morphine had been stolen from an ambulance usually driven by Bennet, sheriff's officials said.

The suspects were booked into Monterey County Jail in Salinas.

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