Smithville Clinic Under Investigation

January 17, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Officers Inspecting Trunk of Car at Health Care Team Clinic
Laura Jean Suggs taken into custody
Laura Jean Suggs
Martin Keith Ball

Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials converged on a local pain clinic shortly after noon on Friday in Smithville.

The Health Care Team Clinic at 409 East Broad Street is under investigation by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the Tennessee Inspector General's Office, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the Smithville Police Department apparently over the dispensing of narcotics. Activity at the clinic in recent months has aroused suspicion with some patrons to the clinic coming here from counties many miles away.

Sheriff Patrick Ray and Police Chief Randy Caplinger, in a joint statement Friday said that "The sheriff's department, police department, and federal DEA agents executed a search warrant at Health Care Team at 409 East Broad Street today (Friday)." They would say no more about the investigation.

Two persons were arrested on unrelated charges. Sheriff Ray said that 41 year old Martin Keith Ball of Sunlight Road, Parrottsville, Tennessee was arrested for violation of community corrections out of Cocke County, Tennessee. 27 year old Laura Jean Suggs of Edwina Bridge Port Road, Newport Tennessee was arrested for violation of probation out of Cocke County, Tennessee.

Both Ball and Suggs were each picked up by Cocke County Sheriff's Department officials from the DeKalb County Jail and transported to the Cocke County Jail.

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