Lien placed on home of sheriff charged in drug case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for a sheriff charged with illegally obtaining prescription pills said a lien was placed on his Williamson County home.

Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley was arrested in January along with a Nashville pharmacist on charges related to illegal dispensing of prescription drugs.

He faces one felony and one misdemeanor drug charge for allegedly obtaining at least 1,900 Lortab pills from a Nashville pharmacy.

A state law requires drug dealers to buy tax stamps, like those on cigarettes and alcohol.

If dealers don't have the tax stamps, Revenue Department agents can seize and auction off anything of value the person owns.

Headley's attorney Ed Yarbrough said the lien has no effect on whether Headley can continue to live in the home.

He said it was too early to tell whether Headley would appeal the tax.

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