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* Elmer Alegado and Rodolfo Idian nurses at the Santa Clara County Jail arrested on suspicion of stealing prescription drugs

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Two men who worked as nurses at the Santa Clara County Jail have been arrested on suspicion of stealing prescription drugs meant for patients, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. Elmer Alegado, 50, of Lathrop, and Rodolfo Idian, 54, of San Jose, were arrested last week after the sheriff’s office launched an investigation in late October, sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza said.

“We got some information regarding the possible theft of jail medication involving jail staff at the end of last month. Both were found to be in possession of medication that they had access to,” Cardoza said. “They had no reason to possess it,” he said. Alegado was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing stolen property, and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.

He is currently out on bail. Idian was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and embezzlement. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 20.

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