(WMC-TV) - Prescription drug abuse is one of the biggest problems facing narcotics officers all over the country.
But in Oxford, Mississippi. The former head of the city's drug unit is facing a federal charge for doctor shopping all over town.
"These people are supposed to protect us, not abuse their powers," said Oxford resident, Alison Kinnaman.
According to federal documents, former Oxford Police detective and narcotic head Searn Lynch deceived several physicians to obtain pain killers like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.
"I don't like to hear bad news like that, but like I said, all I heard was he was a good good person," Bessie Dunn of Oxford said.
Physicians told investigators that based on the number of pills Lynch had acquired it would be 'inconceivable that Lynch is not on occasion under the influence of narcotics while on duty as an armed law enforcement officer.'
In the affidavit, Lynch is accused of telling several area doctors he had sinusitis and back problems. He was prescribed several medications like Sudafed or Flonase, but investigators said Lynch would only fill the prescription for the controlled substances.
Doctors also reported Lynch used his power as an officer to gain a 'greater than average' trust.
Many in Oxford were surprised but others say if it's true, it was only a matter of time.
"Wasn't surprised," Brittany Dowdes of Oxford said. "Because it's dirty stuff that's been going on all along and I feel like if you're at the top, sometimes you'll be brought down if you're dirty."
Lynch is out of jail on bond. His last known phone number was disconnected, but a Facebook message for his side of the story went unreturned tonight.