Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Feds indict doc for drugs (UDPATED)

Update: Copy of indictment posted below. 

U.S. Attorney Greg Davis issued the following press release:


McComb, Miss - Dr. Lawrence Edsel Stewart, 59, of McComb, has been charged in a 27-count federal indictment with violations of Title 21 USC 841(a)(1) – knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances outside the scope of professional medical practice, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux with the Drug Enforcement Administration - New Orleans Division. The indictment is the result of a complex pharmaceutical drug investigation that began approximately one year ago.

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux stated: “Today’s arrest should be a shot across the bow of any would-be drug dealer who wears a lab coat and masquerades as a doctor that DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, along with our local, state and federal counterparts will not tolerate this activity. The citizens of Mississippi deserve better.”

Dr. Stewart was arrested in McComb and made his initial appearance in Jackson today before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball. The case has been set for trial on February 1, 2016, before U.S. Senior District Judge David C. Bramlette III.

Dr. Stewart (Facebook)
The maximum penalty for distributing and dispensing a Schedule III substance outside the scope of professional practice (Counts 1-4, 7-11, 13 and 16) is 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. The maximum penalty for distributing and dispensing a Schedule IV substance outside the scope of professional practice (Counts 5, 6, 12, 15 & 17) is 5 years in prison and a $250,000.00. The maximum penalty for Distributing and dispensing a Schedule II controlled substance outside the scope of professional practice is 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Medical Board, and Mississippi Board of Nursing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk is prosecuting the case.

The public is reminded that an indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Anonymous said...

Is this about pain meds, or about steroids & HGH? What drugs, exactly, were being prescribed?

Anonymous said...

He was probably writing scripts for chicks he was seeing...bad idea if so

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile refined sugar keeps killing humans by the thousands and we in MS make it a legally protected drug.

A. Nation. Of. Morons.

Anonymous said...

Message to 6:49 A.M.

Are you driving a gasoline/diesel-powered vehicle?
Do you buy products encased in plastic wrapping or containers?
Are you aware that artificial sweeteners have their own less-than-desirable side effects?
Ever heard of "everything in moderation," including refined sugar???
Please, spare us pitiful morons from any more of your guilt-heaping.
Thank you...and have a beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

I'll not challenge the label you apply to yourself, but I will try to explain my previous comment.

I was saying we have the priorities of idiots. Sugar should be regulated no more than any other chemical used in the human body; however, our cultural lunacy of pretending legal chemicals are "good" because they are "legal" or "not prescription" is absurd when any honest evaluation is done regarding the actual health effects. (And of course this leads further into the absurd world of pretending these atoms have volition and should be banned from possession.)

You have a beautiful day as well (and perhaps go make some choices that will allow positive self-labeling, particularly with regard to your intellect).

Anonymous said...

Glad you ladies at 10:10 and 11:55 were able to work things out.

I have to say I was disappointed reading the indictment. News articles yesterday had said the Dr was trading sex for drugs, so I was hoping the charges would be more salaciously detailed. Guess that will all come out in due time.

Kingfish said...

Well, the case is still sealed in PACER. If he has not been arraigned yet, it will stay that way. I suspect there are affidavits from the investigators that provide the sex for drugs angle. A reporter must have gotten them from a source.

But yes, I noticed there was no mention of it outside of the headlines.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, we've got little hood rats lined up outside grocery stores ready to rob them of all their sugar to sell to all the addicts. Sugar thieves and addicts most definitely a problem just like those prescription drug addicts and pushers are


Sweet Tea

Anonymous said...

Points to the word "volition". Sweet Tea, I would suggest you get a dictionary, but it'd do no good.

The left wing believes institutions strip them of will and the right believes molecules do the same.

A. Nation. Of. Morons.

Anonymous said...

Didn't this guy also run for Justice Court Judge? Some weirdness going on for sure.

Anonymous said...

" The case has been set for trial on February 1, 2016, before U.S. Senior District Judge David C. Bramlette III. "

Any updates on this case ?

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