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Former Selma mayor accused of prescription drug fraud

Posted July 29, 2011 7:18 p.m. EDT

The former mayor of the Johnston County town of Selma was arrested last week on charges that he illegally obtained prescription pain relievers.

Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the State Bureau of Investigation, said Friday that Harry Blackley, 62, faces seven felony counts of obtaining a controlled substance by forgery

Blackley was arrested July 19 and was later released from jail under a $45,000 bond.

The charges stem from Blackley allegedly getting fraudulent prescriptions for Fentanyl filled in Wake and Johnston counties.