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Williamson County Sheriff Arrested

Williamson County Sheriff Ricky Headley and Glenn Brooks, owner of Brooks Pharmacy, were arrested Wednesday in connection with an investigation into illegal dispensing of prescription drugs, according to the TBI and Metro Police.

The TBI has been investigating Brooks Pharmacy for filling illegal prescriptions for two years. The TBI was executing a search warrant Wednesday evening at the Nashville pharmacy in connection with the investigation.

As the case evolved, Brooks and several patrons, including Headley, also became targets of the investigation.

When Sheriff Headley was identified as a person coming into the store, the TBI was asked to become more involved.

Headley was arrested while at the pharmacy getting a prescription.

According to investigators, Headley received thousands of pills since last fall from Brooks Pharmacy. The pills were Lortab, an addictive combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen, and Soma, a muscle relaxant. They said the medications were most likely for personal use.

"This store apparently does have the reputation for being a place where persons can receive controlled substances without a prescription," Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron said.

In the last year, two pharmacy employees have been arrested on similar charges. Investigators anticipated more arrests in connection with the case.

"We know the sheriff was not the only person receiving controlled substances from here without prescriptions," Aaron said.

Wednesday's investigation took the TBI to four different locations to continue their search for evidence in the case. Agents went through the sheriff's office in Franklin, his home in the Grassland area of Williamson County, and Glenn Brooks' home.

Headley was elected sheriff in 2002. One of his first priorities was to strengthen the drug task force in Williamson County. 

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As Sheriff, Headley pushed to get drugs out of schools, and spent time talking to students about the dangers. He kept a high profile fight on the war on drugs. Headley spoke out after a police officer was busted for narcotics.

"It surprised me, more when there's a law enforcement officer...they violate that trust that the citizens have placed on them, that surprises me more when that happens," Headley said during that incident.

Friends said the past 15 months have been tough for the Sheriff. Now the Sheriff faces a legal battle.

"We're very concerned for Sheriff Headley," Sheriff's Department Chaplain Corky French said. "So at this point we're praying for him, and his family, and know it has to be a difficult time. I think unanimously what I hear from other command staff, people who are involved, is just a really deep love and appreciation for Sheriff Headley, a concern for him, and a 100 percent commitment that we're going to be there for him and beside him, regardless."

Headley is known as the singing sheriff. Months ago he cut a song on a CD starring other officers.

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