Metro Jackson nurse arrested for opioid diversion - - Jackson, MS

Metro Jackson nurse arrested for opioid diversion

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A registered nurse who worked at a metro-Jackson hospital has surrendered his nursing license. Thirty-two-year-old Jeremy David Duke of Mt. Olive, has been arrested for embezzling opioids, according to John Dowdy, Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux.

Agents arrested Duke and charged him with embezzlement. He was processed Wednesday at the Hinds County Sheriff's Department. 

"Mr. Duke is suspected of diverting the Schedule II controlled substances Dilaudid and morphine, both of with are very powerful opioids," said Dowdy.

"The arrest of Mr. Duke by DEA and MBN speaks to the seriousness of the growing opioid crisis in this country," added Commeaux. "No longer will drug dealers, cloaked in lab coats, be able to hide behind the title of claiming to be a medical professional, while pushing this poison into our communities. DEA, along with our federal, state and local counterparts, will continue to do all we can to address this problem."

The investigation is ongoing.

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