Man Accused of Selling Diabetes Meds as Ecstasy

Buyer beware.

A Lathrop man sold diabetes medication to a 12-year-old girl and told her it was Ecstacy, police say.

The girl, who got sick after she took what she thought was Ecstasy, coughed up a big tip for police.

On March 3, the girl started feeling sick and told her mother she had taken Ecstasy pills. The 12-year-old was taken to San Joaquin County General Hospital for treatment.

Deputies learned that she bought about eight pills from Eric Lewis McKinney, the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the pills were actually Glimepiride, which is a prescription medication for people who suffer from diabetes.

Authorities served search and arrest warrants for McKinney and on April 7, he was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

Medication consistent with the pills sold as Ecstasy were found at the property, investigators said.

McKinney was booked on suspicion of several counts, including falsely representing a controlled substance.

Now, that's a bad pill.

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