UPDATE: DEA, Others Raid Local Family Medical Clinic in ongoing drug overdose investigation

Oneida, TN (2018-06-12) State and federal law enforcement officials swarmed a local family medical practice Tuesday morning in Oneida, reportedly seizing documents associated with an ongoing investigation into opioid overdoses in Kentucky.

A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Mobile Command Unit sits in the parking lot of Coffey Family Medical Clinic in Oneida.

Authorities from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol spent most of the day at Coffey Family Medical Clinic, as agents reportedly seized records associated with an 18-month long investigation into drug overdose deaths in Kentucky.  Tuesday afternoon, agents and their representatives were seen carting-out boxes of medical records from the clinic and loading them into a nearby cargo trailer.

According to a DEA spokesman, agents seized records and other evidence from the family medical clinic on Underpass Drive and the Life Choice’s Wellness Clinic on Cross Street, in connection with an 18-month long investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies into drug overdoses in Kentucky.

The seizures were the result of search warrants reportedly issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  The office will reportedly examine the documents to determine whether charges will be filed.

In addition to those law enforcement agencies, representatives from Operation UNITE, a not-for-profit formed in 2003 to combat the substance abuse problem in 32 counties in eastern Kentucky, were also present Tuesday afternoon.  A mobile command unit from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was also on site.

Coffey Family Medical Clinic is the medical practice of Dr. David Bruce Coffey, who has been a practicing physician in Scott County for most of his career, which began in 1976.  Life Choice’s Wellness Clinic is owned by Drs. Coffey, LLC, and Dr. Coffey’s sons, Drs. Brandon and Alex Coffey, practice there.

 

 

ORIGINAL STORY

DEA, Others Raid Local Family Medical Clinic

Oneida, TN (2018-06-12) State and federal law enforcement officials swarmed a local family medical practice Tuesday morning in Oneida, reportedly executing search warrants issued by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the Eastern Division of Kentucky.

Representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were seen coming and going from Coffey Family Medical Clinic in Oneida Tuesday afternoon.  In addition to those law enforcement agencies, representatives from Operation UNITE, a not-for-profit formed in 2003 to combat the substance abuse problem in 32 counties in eastern Kentucky, were also present.  The TBI also had a mobile command unit on site.

Agents were seen carting-out boxes of what appeared to be medical records from the clinic and putting them into a nearby cargo trailer Tuesday afternoon.  At the time, most of the vehicles in the parking lot were also notably from Kentucky.

Coffey Family Medical Clinic is the practice of Dr. David Bruce Coffey.  In addition to the clinic on Underpass Drive, authorities also reportedly raided Life Choices Wellness Clinic on Cross Street in Oneida—a medical office where Coffey’s two sons also practice.

This a developing story and WBNT will bring you the latest information regarding the investigation as it becomes available.