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.