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Woman indicted on 18 counts of prescription forgery

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Newbern woman was arraigned this week in Dyer County Circuit Court after being indicted by a grand jury for allegedly forging numerous prescriptions to get the painkiller hydrocodone.

Dana Johnson, 40, 2014 Enochs Road, Newbern, Tenn., was indicted by the Dyer County Grand Jury last week on 18 counts for obtaining possession of a controlled substance.

Johnson's indictment states between May 30, 2013 and Oct. 14, 2013, she obtained the drug hydrocodone from several local pharmacies by forging prescriptions from Dr. Scott Self, a Dyersburg dentist.

Dyersburg Assistant Chief of Police Steve Isbell stated Self contacted police earlier in the year about an employee possibly calling in unauthorized prescriptions. Isbell said the information was turned over to the DPD's Street Crimes Unit that deals with crimes involving controlled substances and they developed Johnson as the suspect. The officers gathered evidence in the case against Johnson and found she had fraudulently obtained hydrocodone from pharmacies in both Dyersburg and Newbern a total of 18 times. The case was presented last week to the Dyer County Grand Jury and the jurors returned an indictment against Johnson. She was arrested and booked into the Dyer County Jail on Thursday, Dec. 12, and was released on a $7,500 bond.

Johnson appeared in Dyer County Circuit Court on Tuesday without an attorney. Judge Lee Moore asked if she was able to hire and attorney and she stated she was in the process of hiring one. Moore ordered her to return with an attorney on her next appearance and reset her arraignment for Jan. 7, 2014, at 9 a.m.

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It's real funny how its no comments on here now guess she alot of y'all friend. If she were black it would be a lot of trash talking going on

-- Posted by bighead1 on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 1:45 PM

Stop with the black & white crap. Blah blah blah! Somebody is always wanting to sing that song when to 99% of Americans it don't make a dang if you are white, black, green or red. There was plenty of black and white arrested in the secret indictments in the last few days. Crime is crime!

-- Posted by proud2BnTN on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 1:54 PM

Shes not my friend, I don't even know her, but I know she is in a lot of trouble. Drugs will do it every time.

-- Posted by liveshere on Wed, Dec 18, 2013, at 2:46 PM

With respect to the drug arrests, there have been just as many "white" mugshots as there have been "black" ones. Drug addiction has no color, sex, religion, or age. Our community can do better without racist remarks from anyone.

-- Posted by lyriclady on Thu, Dec 19, 2013, at 4:26 AM

bighead1, what u mentioned is probably true. perhaps, we are outgrowing the mistakes of the past. i sincerely hope it's true, and our maker upstairs probably would be pleased if we can live up to his desires for us.

-- Posted by closerlook on Fri, Dec 20, 2013, at 1:44 PM

Are you serious your turning this into a racism thing??? Omg I don't know who you are nor do I care to know you. It's comments like that that will forever keep our country from moving forward.

-- Posted by Dyersburg citizen on Fri, Dec 20, 2013, at 9:26 PM

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