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State and federal drug enforcement agents have arrested six Mississippi healthcare professionals, including a doctor and his medical assistant, on felony drug charges, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. 

According to MBN Director John Dowdy, the arrests stem from separate drug investigations conducted jointly by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dowdy said those arrested were:

  • Dr. Michael Baker, 55, of Rolling Fork, and his medical assistant, Brandy Collins, 36, of Yazoo City. Each faces a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud involving Hycodan elixir, a cough medicine containing Hydrocodone. Baker and Collins, both employees of a Rolling Fork medical facility, were arrested in that city. Bond has been set at $5,000 each. Dr. Baker also has surrendered his medical license.
  • Mitzi Ramsey, 45, of Golden, a registered nurse as well as director of nursing for a Tupelo assisted living facility. Ramsey faces a charge of embezzlement of a controlled substance, the opioid Hydrocodone. She was arrested at the Lee County Detention Center in Tupelo, booked and held under a $3,500 bond.
  • Valerie Riddle, 39, of Aberdeen, a licensed practical nurse for an Itawamba County nursing home. Riddle faces a charge of embezzlement of a controlled substance, the opioid Norco. She was arrested at the Itawamba County Jail in Fulton, booked and held under a $3,500 bond.
  • Cynthia Purvis, 53, of Corinth, a pharmacy technician and 20-year employee of a Corinth pharmacy. Purvis faces a charge of embezzlement of a controlled substance, the amphetamine Adderall.  She was arrested at the Alcorn County Detention Center in Corinth, booked and held under a $3,500 bond.
  • Stephen Parker, 22, of Corinth, a pharmacy technician at a Corinth pharmacy and studying to be a pharmacist. Parker faces a charge of embezzlement of a controlled substance, the opioid Norco. He was arrested at the Alcorn County Detention Center in Corinth, booked and held under a $3,500 bond.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics issued the following statement regarding the arrests: 

“DEA has responded to this opioid epidemic, utilizing every enforcement, administrative and civil tool possible to go after the most egregious criminals who prey on the weak and facilitate addiction through the United States. In fact, more DEA agents are working on prescription drug diversion efforts than at any other time in our agency's history. Our partnership with MBN and the State of Mississippi is one of the best worldwide, and we will continue to enforce all the drug laws together,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux.

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