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A Cleveland Police Officer and Doctor Face Drug Fraud Charges

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Lauren Brown
Eyewitness News Reporter

CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) - In just one month, a Cleveland police officer, identified as Nathan Thomas received 720 Hydrocodone pills, 200 Oxycodone pills, and 90 Alprazolam all according to a now unsealed search warrant uncovered by Eyewitness News.

"You can prescribe strong medication for patients in those volumes but it's usually for terminal cancer patients, it's usually for people who are on disability it's not really for people who are driving around in police cars," says 10th Judicial Drug Task Force Director Mike Hall."

Dr. James Sego prescribed the pills to Thomas.  Sego practices Internal Medicine and deals with pain management.

We're told in the past year, he prescribed thousands of painkillers to his patient.  Sego was arrested Thursday and now faces numerous drug fraud charges.

"They're not bad people he just got caught up in a bad problem and it's unfortunate and I've said this a 1000 times in the past few weeks, this is the saddest case I've ever worked," says Hall.

Hall says the officer involved did become addicted to the pain medication.  A serious problem that can be difficult to break says Debbie Loudermilk at CADAS.  "Prescription drug addiction has a different problem sometimes because it takes a little longer for people to realize maybe it is a problem because it can be legitimate like you said for legitimate purposes.

Bottom line, Law Enforcement just wants the activity to stop before it gets worse.

"This is a valuable lesson for doctors don't get caught up in the moment you know, know who you're prescribing to, know how much you're prescribing, keep good records, and everything will be fine," says Hall.

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