Editor's Note: The following is a release from the Richfield Public Safety Department.
Situation: The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has received reports of persons falsely representing themselves as employees of the Hennepin County Drug Collection Program or the EPA. These persons are contacting families of recently deceased persons and offering to pick up their unused medications.
Incidents: Have included the victim being contacted via phone in order to set up a pick up time. The suspect showed up at the scheduled time and identified himself as a member of the Hennepin County Drug Collection Program. When asked for identification the suspect stated he was a medical student volunteering for the program.
Suspect Description: White male, college age, neatly trimmed beard, and drove an older model silver Jeep.
Public Information: There are 3 medication drop boxes located in Hennepin County where unused medications can be disposed of. They are located at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, Hennepin County Emergency Services Division Headquarters and the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office Water Patrol Unit. There is no program in which government employees will contact the public and arrange for the pickup of unused medications. If anyone from the public is contacted by someone purporting to be a government official offering to pick up medications they should call 911 to report it to Richfield PD.