Bledsoe County EMS director under investigation

Bledsoe County EMS director under investigation

February 19th, 2013 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

State, federal and local authorities are investigating the alleged mishandling of pharmaceutical drugs by Bledsoe County Emergency Medical Service director Larry Billingsley, according to officials in Pikeville, Tenn.

There have been no charges filed against Billingsley as the investigation continues today, according to officials at the Bledsoe County Jail.

Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department Investigator Ricky Seals said this morning that Billingsley is not working in his position as EMS director for the time being.

The investigation began last week at Erlanger Health System, where Bledsoe's EMS department gets pharmaceutical supplies for its ambulances, Seals said. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials at the Erlanger end of the probe contacted Bledsoe County on Friday about drugs being mishandled.

The investigation didn't get rolling until this morning due to the federal holiday on Monday. Today officials are conducting interviews and meeting with fellow investigators, Seals said.