Dresden Police: Man Sells TennCare Wheelchair for Drugs

DRESDEN, Tenn. — Officers said one man sells his TennCare wheelchair for drugs and that prompts a roundup of suspected criminals in Dresden. They said the man sold his wheelchair for five hydrocodone pills, which is worth about a nickel. Investigators said they then found nearly half a dozen more people in the area selling their hydrocodone pills or wheelchairs for money. Dresden Police Chief Randal Walker said TennCare fraud is becoming more common. “It’s just a shame because there are people out there on TennCare that do need the medications,” Chief Walker said. Dresden Mayor Danny Forrester said this is the beginning of their aggressive fight against crime. “It’s one of those wars, you don’t know if you’re ever going to win. But we can move it to another battlefield outside of our community and that’s what we’re going to do, we’re going to keep the pressure on,” Mayor Forrester said. Authorities seized 2 wheelchairs and a dozen cars. They also arrested others for selling crack and marijuana.

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