Feds raid Lewisburg clinic
Federal agents descended on the Cornersville Highway location of Montclair Health and Wellness, a pain management clinic, at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency, among other agencies, cordoned off the location for investigation.
Details of the raid were unclear as of the time that the Tribune went to press. The search warrant for the location is sealed and authorities are not currently releasing any further information.
Elizabeth Clement, the public information officer in the Nashville FBI office, would only confirm to the Tribune that agents were on the scene and stated that any future information would come from the office of Don Cochran, the United States Attorney for Tennessee.
A rental truck was backed up to the front door, presumably to transport records from the practice for investigation.
The clinic, which does business under the name of Specialty Associates, was named as a defendant in a civil suit filed in early January by 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter as a participant in the “illegal opioid drug market.”
At the time, Pam White, who owns Montclair along with her husband, Ed, strongly denied any involvement in diverting opioids on to the street or contributing to the opioid epidemic currently gripping many rural areas in the country.
Dr. Mark Murphy, and his North Alabama Pain Services, which shares an address with the Montclair clinic, were also named in the suit as “pill mill defendants.”
Murphy was under scrutiny for high numbers of opioid prescriptions that he had written at his pain clinics in Madison and Decatur, Ala.
The Tribune is following this developing case and will continue to report as information becomes available.