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Forest nurse arrested on felony drug charges

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents arrested a 31-year-old Forest nurse on a felony drug charge Tuesday.

Rebecca Coonce Hill, a licensed practical nurse at a Scott County healthcare facility, is charged with obtaining a controlled substance by embezzlement.

Hill is suspected of embezzling from her employer more than 5,000 dosage units of Norco, an opiate painkiller, said MBN Director John Dowdy.

“Nurse Hill’s arrest shows law enforcement’s continuing commitment to halting medical professionals’ abuse of a sacred trust to do no harm,” Dowdy said.

A month-long MBN investigation, with assistance from the Scott County Sheriff Department, led to the arrest of Hill.

The suspect was booked into the Scott County Jail and held pending an initial appearance.

Rebecca Coonce Hill