A pharmacist's license has been suspended following his arrest on charges of drug possession, theft and practicing medicine without a license.

Kenneth Earl Adams, 41, of Brigham City, faces a Friday preliminary hearing before 1st Circuit Court Judge Robert W. Daines on the 20 counts against him, including eight felonies.The charges were filed after a Brigham City police investigation.

Adams spent 12 days in the Box Elder County Jail before he was released Sept. 25, when he raised the $20,000 bail.

"They screwed up," Adams said of the charges, adding the actions of police and the county attorney's office amount to defamation and wrongful arrest.

"They're playing their game now, and when it's over, I'll play mine," he said, threatening legal action.

The police investigation resulted in the suspension last week of Adams' pharmacist license, according to a news release from the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Adams faces a revocation hearing Oct. 23 before the Utah Board of Pharmacy, the release said.

Prosecutor Mike Miller said police received a tip from one of Adams' co-workers in the pharmacy at the local K mart that led to an undercover investigation.

After the probe was over, the licensing division was contacted and subsequently conducted a computer audit of Adams' records and an inventory of his medical stocks, said detective Bob Burnham.

Following that, police obtained a search warrant for Adams' home.

Steve Dvorak, manager of the K mart,said he would not comment on Adams' status at the store.

The charges against Adams include one second-degree felony count of possessing the narcotic hydrocodone, a potent derivative of opium used in painkillers. Four other third-degree felony possession charges have been filed involving less powerful controlled substances, Miller said.