ONEIDA, Tn. (WATE/WTVQ) – A clinic that was a part of an investigation into drug trafficking in Kentucky and Tennessee burned to the ground on Thursday, according to Knoxville affiliate, WATE-TV.
The Lexington-Herald Leader reports federal and state authorities raided the clinic in Oneida, belonging to Dr. Bruce Coffey, in 2018 while investigating whether he was illegally prescribing pain pills and other drugs to dealers and addicts for distribution in Tennessee and Kentucky.
The newspaper reports Coffey was not charged, but authorities are in the process of trying to seize $1.6 million from him.
According to the newspaper, authorities have linked drug-trafficking organizations in Pulaski, Russell and McCreary counties in Kentucky to Coffey’s clinic.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says the fire will not affect its investigation of Coffey, according to the newspaper.
The newspaper reports that Coffey’s clinic closed several months ago.
WATE reports his attorney says Coffey is contesting the allegations.
The fire is under investigation.