Ripley Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff Joe Pippin released on bond

VERSAILLES, Ind. -- A Ripley County chief deputy sheriff was arrested on six counts of felony drug charges Wednesday, but bonded out hours later.

Joe "David" Pippin was charged with six felony counts of acquiring a controlled substance by deceit. He turned himself into the Ripley County Jail when he found out a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Later Wednesday he posted the $1050 bond and was released. The Sheriff said he would be put on administrative leave with pay.

An Indiana State Police investigation revealed that Pippin filled prescriptions for hydrocodone from five separate medical practitioners at multiple pharmacies within the last two years. 

Hydrocodone is a highly addictive, opiate-based prescription drug used to treat pain.

Pippin told police that this was his "dirty little secret" and that he "obviously has a problem."

He filled prescriptions for 494 hydrocodone pills in a 55-day span in 2012, according to an affidavit from police.

The affidavit concluded that Pippin filled prescriptions for more than 2,800 pills between August 2011 and July 2013.

The practitioners that prescribed him the pills told police they would not have prescribed them had they been aware that he was already given the drug.

Pippin told investigators if he quits taking the hydrocodone pills he would “have withdrawals because of the physical dependency, physical and psychological.”

The prosecutor in the case stated that prescription drug abuse in the county has become an increasing issue, but did not elaborate on numbers in his initial statement on this arrest.

When Pippin was arrested, the Sheriff said he was surprised because Pippin passed a 12-panel drug screen in September.

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