JACKSON – The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics announced Wednesday the arrest of two Northeast Mississippi nurse practitioners for the diversion of pharmaceuticals and that two Northeast Mississippi doctors were stripped of their Drug Enforcement Agency licenses to prescribe pharmaceuticals at a press conference in Jackson.

Amanda Jones, 35, a nurse practitioner in Starkville was arrested for writing prescriptions in the names of family members.

Brenda Shelton, 54, a nurse practitioner in Ripley was arrested for prescription fraud.

Dr. Dwalia South, 62, of Ripley also surrendered her DEA license for prescribing controlled substances but has not been charged. South is a current member of the state Board of Health.

Dr. William Bell, 49, of Tupelo surrendered his DEA license for allegedly prescribing controlled substances. Bell has not been charged in the investigation.

Hollis Discount Pharmacy of Ripley is also subject to potential civil penalties for its alleged involvement in the criminal activity.

The arrests come after a month-long investigation by MBN and DEA agents.

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