McComb Doctor indicted for distributing drugs outside of medical practice

Dr. Lawrence Edsel Stewart (Photo from Dr. Stewart's clinic Facebook page)

MCCOMB, Miss. (WJTV) — A McComb doctor is indicted on a 27 counts after being accused of distributing and dispensing drugs outside of his medical practice.

Dr. Lawrence Edsel Stewart, 59, has been charged in the case.

Authorities say the pharmaceutical investigation started about a year ago.

“Today’s arrest should be a shot across the bow of any would-be drug dealer who wears a lab coat and masquerades as a doctor that DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, along with our local, state and federal counterparts will not tolerate this activity. The citizens of Mississippi deserve better.”

Dr. Stewart was arrested in McComb and made his initial appearance in Jackson on Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball.

His trial is set for February 1, 2016, before U.S. Senior District Judge David C. Bramlette III.

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