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Chief Deputy Sheriff Charged with Felonies
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. (WKRC) -- Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe "David" Pippin has been charged with six counts of a Class D Felony: acquiring a controlled substance by deceit.
Indiana State police reveal that Pippin obtained and filled prescriptions for Hydrocodone. He filled the prescriptions from five medical practitioners at multiple pharmacies in a two year period.
Hydrocodone is a highly addictive, controlled substance. The drug use was brought to authorities attention by Pippin's former sister-in-law. Doctor and Pharmacy records verified the claims.
In total, from August 2011 to July of 2012, Pippin filled prescriptions for over 2,800 hydrocodone pills.
Pippin admitted to investigators that he had a problem. In a press release from Sgt. Jerry D. Goodin, he stated if he quits taking the hydrocodone pills he would, "have withdrawals because of the physical dependency, physical and psychological."