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Natchitoches doctor accused of running "Pill Mill"

Dr. Cherilynn Cottles (Courtesy: Natchitoches City Police Department) Dr. Cherilynn Cottles (Courtesy: Natchitoches City Police Department)

A Natchitoches doctor was arrested Friday for allegedly running a "Pill Mil" operation out of her weight loss clinic.

The Natchitoches Multi- Jurisdictional Drug Task Force says Dr. Cherilynn Cottles was arrested after a four month investigation revealed she using her doctor's office to profit off of illegal prescription drug sales. During the investigation, it was determined Cottles had been prescribing large amounts Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, Carisprodol and Promethazine with codeine syrup.  Cottles is owner of Cottles' Weight Loss Clinic and Medical Center at 327 A South Drive. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office and Natchitoches City Police Department also helped with the arrest.

Dr. Cottles was charged on 4 counts of illegally prescribing legally controlled substances for a purpose other than accepted medical treatment and 4 counts of prescribing or assisting persons in illegally obtaining controlled dangerous substances. 

Agents seized over $136,000 and other documents at Cottles' home along with two vehicles. Medical records with a large number of pre-written prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances were seized from the medical clinic.  Agents also froze numerous bank accounts that were associated with Cottles and her clinic, over $28,000 from a local bank account and a safety deposit box leased by Dr. Cottles which held over $175,000. Cottles was taken to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on a $160,000 bond. 

Law enforcement estimates that there may be tens of thousands of these pill mills currently operating in the United States.

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