Six health care workers face felony drug charges

Published 9:22 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

JACKSON (AP) — Six Mississippi health care professionals face felony drug charges.

Tuesday’s arrests stem from separate drug investigations conducted by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

MBN Director John Dowdy says 55-year-old Dr. Michael Baker, of Rolling Fork, and his assistant, 36-year-old Brandy Collins, of Yazoo City, each faces a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud involving a cough medicine that contains Hydrocodone.  Bond for each was set at $5,000. Dowdy says Baker also has surrendered his medical license.

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Also arrested were: 45-year-old Mitzi Ramsey, of Golden, director of nursing for a Tupelo assisted living facility; 39-year-old Valerie Riddle, of Aberdeen, a licensed practical nurse for an Itawamba County nursing home; 53-year-old Cynthia Purvis and 22-year-old Stephen Parker, pharmacy technicians in Corinth.