Tennessee medical examiner arrested on felony marijuana charges

Tennessee medical examiner arrested on felony marijuana charges

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Dr. Bruce Levy (source: Mississippi Department of Public Safety) Dr. Bruce Levy (source: Mississippi Department of Public Safety)

NASHVILLE (WATE/AP) - Tennessee health officials say state Medical Examiner Dr. Bruce Levy was arrested in Mississippi Tuesday on felony marijuana charges.

Levy, 49, is charged with felony possession of marijuana.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said during a routine search of packages by Bureau of Narcotics agents, a drug dog alerted on a package that contained less than an ounce of marijuana.

Investigators searched Levy's hotel room and found several more small containers of marijuana.

Tennessee Health Commissioner Susan Cooper said the state is taking immediate action to end its contract with Levy, who has been chief medical examiner since March 1998.

Before that, Levy was chief medical examiner for Metro Nashville beginning in 1997.

Dr. Levy is CEO of Global Forensics and one of six doctors under contract for theMississippi State Medical Examiner's office.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson suspended Dr. Levy's privileges within the state and notified Global Forensics its contract will be terminated.

"We believe this to be an isolated case within Global Forensics. No medical examination services at the state medical examiner's office will be interrupted by the arrest," Simpson said.

Dr. Levy was booked into the Madison County, Mississippi Jail on Tuesday night and released Wednesday on a $25,000 bond.

Calls to Levy's office seeking comment weren't immediately returned. An address listed for him is in a gated community, and a reporter was unable to try to contact someone at his home. 

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