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Chief Charged


By Associated Press

Chelesa, OK – Okla police chief charged with drug counts

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) Rogers County prosecutors have charged the police chief of Chelsea with 12 felony drug counts.

Jeremy Wayne Murrell faces a Sept. 1 arraignment on charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The 34-year-old Murrell was arrested Aug. 13 on the complaints, posted $12,000 bail and was released.

Chelsea Town Coordinator Kenny Weast says Murrell, who has been police chief for more than a year, was placed on indefinite paid leave.

Murrell is accused of obtaining more than 3,000 pills from physicians and pharmacies between August 2009 and July. He allegedly didn't inform his doctors that he was being prescribed medications by other physicians.

Court records indicated Murrell hadn't obtained an attorney. Attempts to reach Murrell for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.


Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com