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Police drug search intrudes on husband’s final moments with deceased wife

A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death.

Barbara Alice Mahaffey died of colon cancer in her bedroom last May. Ben D. Mahaffey, 80, said he was distraught and trying to make sure his wife’s body would be taken to the funeral home with dignity, when he says officers insisted he help them look for the drugs.

“I was holding her hand saying goodbye when all the intrusion happened,” he told the Deseret News.

Barbara Mahaffey died at 12:35 a.m. with Mahaffey, a Navy medic in the Korean War, and his friend, an EMT, at her side. In addition to police, a mortician and a hospice worker arrived at the home about 12:45 a.m., Mahaffey said. He said he doesn’t know how police came to be there.

“I was indignant to think you can’t even have a private moment. All these people were there and they’re not concerned about her or me. They’re concerned about the damn drugs. Isn’t that something?” Mahaffey said.

Mahaffey said he was treated as if he were going to sell the painkillers, which included OxyContin, oxycodone and morphine, on the street.

“I had no interest in the drugs,” he said. “I’m no addict.”

If I was on the jury I would give the guy at least $1 million for emotional distress. That’s how you get police policies changed.


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13 Responses to WTF?

  1. HELENK says:

    that is just wrong. Was there not one cop there who could see it was wrong?? Common sense should over ride doing a job.
    First of all what moron called the cops and why?
    If they decide to mint that billion dollar coin, this guy should get the first one

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Without a warrant? Is there any circumstance a warrant isn’t necessary, even involving prescription drugs? Even Meth labs are treated with more dignity. đŸ˜¦

    • myiq2xu (D) says:

      How much you want to bet that the cops say he “consented” to the search?

      Legally speaking he probably did. Cops often phrase commands like requests.

      “Do you mind if we come in?” “Would you open the trunk?”

      “Do you have any drugs on you?”

      • DeniseVB says:

        To arrive at the time of her death is pretty convenient. I can see a pharmacy reporting a huge uptick on the wife’s scripts, or it’s a automatic flag in the system, as the end of her life was probably pretty painful (bless her heart, it’s how I want to go drugged to the max and not giving a sh*T).

        Who knows what “caring relatives” where hanging around just to get their hands on grandma’s leftovers ? Maybe the police came more as Brinks guards.

        On a related note, Cyanide Lottery guy has a relative who owes over 100k in back taxes and being investigated ….. developing.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      That’s just worse then awful. đŸ‘¿

  3. yttik says:

    That’s just awful.

    I pick up prescriptions for people and lately I’ve had some weird problems. A few days ago after signing my life away and enduring a lecture about how this medication is only for the person who’s name is on the bottle, a cop came over to ask if there was a problem. I’m like, you guys do realize that this is a flipping laxative, don’t you?

  4. OldCoastie says:

    My mom died 2 days ago and the coroner’s office called within 3 hours of her death as she choked on a pancake… she’s had severe dementia for the last several years and swallowing difficulties are very common. Nothing came of it but it seemed quite intrusive at the time.

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