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2 arrests in drug diversion probe

(AP) — A pharmacist and a licensed nurse practitioner have been arrested in Mississippi in separate investigations involving the diversion of pharmaceutical drugs.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics says 33-year-old pharmacist, Jerry Vaughn of Hernando, surrendered to Desoto County authorities on Tuesday. He faces charges of embezzlement of a controlled substance, about 250 dosages of Suboxone. Bond was set at $7,500.

Also Tuesday, authorities arrested 44-year-old nurse practitioner Shannon Mott of Collinsville at her home. Agents executing a search warrant found Zoldpidem (Ambien), pseudoephedrine, and evidence supporting the unlawful acquisition of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen in the home.

She faces one count each of attempting to obtain Oxycodone/Acetaminophen by fraudulent means and obtaining Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen by fraudulent means. Bond was set at $5,000.

It was unknown if either suspect is represented by an attorney.