Prosecutors Look At Consolidating Drug Charges Against Sheriff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley appeared briefly in a Nashville court on charges related to illegal possession of prescription drugs.

Court spokeswoman Susan Niland says prosecutors are considering whether to consolidate the possession charges with allegations of official misconduct for committing the crimes on the job.

The sheriff is accused of obtaining at least 1,900 painkillers without a prescription between October 2006 and January 2007 from Brooks Pharmacy in Nashville.

Headley has maintained his innocence but acknowledged an addiction for which he was seeking treatment. Another hearing is set for Jan. 17.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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