State, Federal Raid At Jay Medical Clinic; 2 Doctors Surrender DEA Licenses
July 29, 2011
The FBI, federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Law Enforcement spent hours inside the Jay Medical Clinic Thursday as Florida Highway Patrol troopers stood guard outside the complex, which is located next to Jay Hospital. Federal and state agents could be seen inside the building, looking through patient files and other records.
Several items were removed from the doctors’ offices, including computer hard drives and many patient records from Dr. C. David Smith and his son Dr. J. S. Michael Smith. Both doctors were forced to surrender their DEA licenses to write prescriptions for narcotics.
The other two physicians in the practice, Dr. Marian B. Stewart and Dr. Jeffery S. Kelley still hold their DEA licenses and are able to issue all prescriptions, including narcotics.
There were no immediate arrests. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement would not comment on the raid on Thursday.
Patients streamed into the parking lot throughout the day Thursday, turned away by the FHP trooper at the door. Many seemed bewildered, unable to comprehend what was taking place inside their doctor’s office.
“I need to see Dr. Smith,” a patient that declined to give his name said. “I need my medicine. He was suppose to give me some samples. I can’t afford to go to the emergency room; I don’t have insurance.”
“The FBI served Jay Hospital with two subpoenas for records of two independent physicians who are on the medical staff,” said Liz Adams, spokesperson for Baptist Hospital, which operates Jay Hospital, located next to the Jay Medical Center. She said Jay Hospital is not the target of the investigation, and the hospital continues to operate with business as usual.
She declined to name the two physicians listed on the subpoenas served on Baptist, other than to say they were independent doctors that are on the medical staff at Jay Hospital.
“We do not know a whole lot of what is going on. FBI agent Victoria Harker has informed me that the Pediatric department of Jay Medical is not involved,” Dr. Marion Stewart, a pediatrician located in the complex, said Thursday afternoon. Stewart said her office will be open as usualFriday and encouraged her patients to contact the office to reschedule appointments.
“Unfortunately, because they are still in the office, we cannot see patients today. We regret that we cannot contact the families that have appointments today. We will work overtime as needed tomorrow and next week to see these patients,” Stewart said Thursday.
The Jay Medical Clinic is operated by Dr. C. David Smith, a family practitioner. Others in the clinic include Smith’s son, Dr. J. S. Michael Smith, also a family practitioner; Dr. Marian B. Stewart, a pediatrician; Dr. Jeffery S. Kelley, an internist; and Twyla H. Cotton, a nurse practitioner.
They Jay Medical Complex also houses the Jay Vision Center and Jay Pharmacy. Both of those businesses remained open on Thursday.
Pictured top: Federal and state agents were conducting a search Thursday at the Jay Medical Center. Pictured top inset: A Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer questions a patient outside the complex. Pictured bottom inset: A patient is turned away from the closed clinic. Pictured below: Florida State Trooper Todd St. Clair turns away a Jay Medical Center patient Thursday morning. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.