Friday, April 22, 2016

Doctor Arrested

A doctor wanted on drug charges in Sequoyah County was arrested early Tuesday in Georgia.

An arrest warrant was issued for Dr. William Kerry Smith April 12 following a year-long investigation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).

Mark Woodward, spokesman for OBN, said Smith, of Pembroke, Ga., is facing 40 counts of distributing controlled prescription drugs outside the course of legitimate business. The charges were filed April 12 in Sequoyah County District Court.

“The investigation found evidence Dr. Smith was prescribing controlled substances to individuals who had not demonstrated a legitimate medical need for the drugs," Woodward said.

Woodward says the investigation began in December 2014 and involved illegal prescribing in both Oklahoma and Arkansas. The 40 counts against Smith involve unlawful prescriptions written for painkillers including Hydrocodone and Oxycodone, as well as the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Woodward said Smith will be extradited to Sequoyah County where he will face the charges in district court.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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