Former Utah fire chief pleads guilty to prescription drug crime

Published May 28, 2013 6:32 pm
Courts • Craig Cottrell was charged with illegally obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A former Syracuse Fire chief has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining prescription drugs.

Craig Cottrell, 46, was charged in 2nd District Court with two counts of illegally obtaining a prescription under false pretenses, a third-degree felony.

He entered a plea in abeyance to the charges on May 23. According to court documents, if Cottrell abides by the plea in abeyance agreement by attending drug counseling, paying fines, submitting to drug tests and violating no other laws, the crimes will be removed from his record after three years.

Cottrell admitted in court papers that he received two prescriptions for controlled substances from different medical providers without informing each of them.

The crimes occurred between Dec. 10, 2010, and Nov. 3, 2011, charges state.

Charges were filed against Cottrell in November 2011. He resigned from his position as fire chief the day charges were filed, citing health reasons, according to the Syracuse city manager.


Twitter: @jm_miller

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus