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Nashville Nurse in Court Today Accused of Selling Prescriptions--Mikayla Lewis

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SMITH COUNTY, Tenn.--April Collier was a nurse practitioner in the Nashville area. She opened and closed clinics in Antioch, Nashville and Hermitage. As she moved several county law enforcement agencies say they were on her trail for allegedly selling prescription pads. She was arrested on Wednesday and booked in Smith County Jail. Today she was back in court.

Collier declined to comment on her charges of conspiracy to obtain drugs by fraud and conspiracy to possess drugs.

Collier did speak briefly to Judge David Durham during their session on Friday. Judge Durham asked about Collier's current job status.

"No sir I don't have a license. Haven't been called back from the jobs I applied for," Collier replied.

Attorney Michael Taylor was appointed to represent Collier. He entered a not guilty plea for his client. This is not the first time Collier has been in trouble with the law. She was arrested in Sumner County on similar charges in July. The drug task forces says they conducted undercover buys with Collier.

Smith County Sheriff Steve Hopper says, "Prescription drugs are a serious problem in our county and to my understanding state wide."

Sheriff Hopper says pharmacies in Smith and Sumner counties reported suspicious prescriptions of oxycodon and other drugs this past year. The reports led Smith County investigators to a home with a man selling narcotics. The drug task force says the man was buying individual prescriptions from Collier for about $400. Task force agents add that the man also intended to pay Collier $10,000 for an entire prescription pad.

Collier is free on her $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to be back in Smith County court on April 11th.

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