The Washington County treasurer was arrested Friday after he bought prescription pain pills form a police informant, investigators said.
Police said they think Stan Stevens is part of a ring illegally distributing prescription painkillers.
The 51-year-old Washington County treasurer was scheduled to be officially charged on Saturday afternoon for the distribution of controlled substances.
Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland said Stevens could face as many as 15 counts for illegally buying and selling the painkiller Loritab, which contains Hydrocodone, a highly addictive narcotic.
Holland said the case began in early December after his department began investigating the suicide of the husband of the secretary for the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
That investigation led detectives to Stevens and the ring distributing the pain pills, Holland said.
Stevens was arrested at the home of that secretary on Friday night. Holland said as many as six more people may be taken into custody, none of them are said to be city or county officials.
Calls on Saturday afternoon to the Washington County Board of Commissioners were not returned.