Florida man accused of injecting cocaine into patient’s IV at hospital

Florida man accused of injecting cocaine into patient’s IV at hospital

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Indian River County Sheriff's Office
Vincent Frederick Sperling

A 55-year-old Florida man is accused delivering cocaine to a hospital patient who was under a strict “no visitor” order.

On Sunday morning, deputies said Vincent Frederick Sperling, of Vero Beach, was visiting the patient, who has a problem with drugs, at Indian River Medical Center, according to TCPalm

Hospital staff told officials they saw Sperling insert a syringe into her IV tube; that syringe later tested positive for cocaine, TCPalm stated. 

When questioned, Sperling told investigators he did not take drugs into the room. However, the patient told investigators that Sperling not only brought her drugs, but helped to mix them into a liquid format so the cocaine could be injected, according to the arrest report obtained by TCPalm.

Sperling was charged with sale, manufacture or delivery of cocaine. He posted $25,000 bond on Monday. 

Read more at TCPalm.

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