ONEIDA, Tenn. (WATE) – More than 30 firefighters have been at the scene of a fire at a building that houses a Scott County medical clinic that has been the target of state and federal drug investigations.
Scott County dispatch said fire crews have been at the scene of a fire at the Coffey Family Medical Clinic in Oneida since before 3:30 a.m. The building engulfed was in fire.
By midday smoke was still coming from the building and firefighters from multiple departments had been at the scene for eight-and-half hours.
The fire is under investigation by local law enforcement, the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The fire burned a building that houses the medical clinic of Dr. David Bruce Coffey, PT Solutions, Buckeye Family Medical, and Marks Pharmacy.
The pharmacy had been broken into early Tuesday and two people have been charged in connection with the burglary, according to a report from the Oneida Police Department.
In 2018, state and federal law enforcement officials searched the clinic as part of an investigation into overdose deaths involving opioids.
The clinic is associated with Dr. David Bruce Coffey. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration moved in December to seize thousands of dollars from accounts associated with Coffey, his medical clinic and other businesses, including a pharmacy, according to documents filed as part of a civil action in federal court in London, Ky.
Coffey’s attorney Greg Isaacs said in a statement to WATE 6 On Your Side: “Dr. Coffey is currently contesting the allegations contained in the notice of seizure.”
Isaacs is a regular legal contributor on WATE-TV.
In those filings in federal court, a DEA agent alleges there is probable cause Coffey and other practitioners “engaged in the large-scale diversion of controlled substances” and laundered the proceeds.
The DEA also said in the court filing that Coffey prescribed 4.9 million dosage units of Schedule II controlled substances over an eight-year period.
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