Sara Duncan
Sara Duncan

April 8, 2019

A Sac County jailer bought hundreds of opioid pain pills online last month and sold them to at least two people, according to court records.

Sara Duncan, 49, of Lake View, faces two criminal drug charges, one of which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She was fired from her job as a jailer at the Sac County jail, where she had worked since September, Sac County Sheriff Ken McClure said.

“Nothing found during the investigation indicates that Duncan was supplying tramadol to inmates,” McClure said.

Tramadol is a prescription painkiller that Duncan admitted to buying from a supplier in India, court records show. She received a package of 500 pills on March 30 and sold some of them to two men for up to $20 per pill.

She was arrested Sunday, and in an interview with a deputy sheriff she admitted to selling the pills multiple times, court records show.

McClure declined to reveal how his department first became aware of the crimes. The men to whom Duncan sold the pills have not been charged with crimes related to their alleged purchases and possession of the drug.

Duncan is held in the Buena Vista County jail in lieu of $11,000 bail.

Online pharmacies that do not require a prescription to buy painkillers have proliferated in India and China in recent years because the countries have imposed little government oversight of them, according to the World Health Organization.