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Prescription Drugs Land Nashville Nurse Behind Bars in Smith Co.--Mikayla Lewis

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SMITH COUNTY, Tenn. - A local nurse practitioner may have written her last prescription after getting arrested for writing too many. April Collier is free on bond tonight after growing suspicions about the large number of prescriptions coming from her clinic led to an arrest. Right now there are still investigations continuing not only in Smith County but in others like Sumner and Macon Counties. April Collier is accused of selling prescription drug pads and police say the paper trail led them right to her.

 39-year-old Collier is a registered nurse practitioner. The Tennessee Department of Health confirms her license is active and valid, with no disciplinary reports in their system.

 FOX17 visited Collier's home today, but she didn't answer. Collier was arrested at her Antioch home Wednesday afternoon after being indicted on 2 charges: Conspiracy to Obtain Drugs by Fraud and Conspiracy to Possess Drugs.

Smith County Sheriff Steve Hopper says the investigation started earlier this year. Several pharmacies in Smith County reported suspicious and over-prescribed medications. The Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant that led to recovering a large amount of prescription pills at a local home. According to the Drug Task Force, the man living there sold narcotics and allegedly bought individual prescriptions from April Collier for about $400 each. Deputies say he wanted to buy a prescription pad from Collier for $10,000, and gave her almost half the cash as a down payment. Deputies say selling pills individually on the street is about $30-$50, more than $2000 for an entire bottle of 90 pills.

Sheriff says, " There is so much money in it. That's what entices a lot of it there's just too much money in it and somebody's got to get a handle on it and were trying the best we can."

A similar investigation in Sumner County led to the arrest of Collier in July. The case was presented to the Sumner Grand Jury and more charges may be filed. Investigations are continuing in Trousdale and Macon Counties as well.

Next, Collier is going to come back to Smith County for her first appearance in court at 1pm tomorrow.

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