Two doctors in the River Valley are suspected as major players in the opioid crisis spanning Arkansas and Oklahoma. One’s license has since been suspended.
The DEA raided two clinics on November 8, one in Fort Smith and one in Barling. In the search warrant application from DEA Task Force Officer Paul Smith, he says from July 2016 to July 2018, the two clinics prescribed nearly 2 million pills.
The warrant also claims Dr. Cecil Walter Gaby of Fort Smith operated outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.
Both clinics prescribed 98 percent of their patients with at least one opioid. Sixty percent of the Barling clinic’s patients have a criminal history, which nearly half were due to past drug charges. The Barling clinic had also been blocked from using Medicaid due to previous charges related to fraudulent billing.
An emergency order of suspension was issued to Dr. Gaby’s license by the State Medical Board November 8, the same day as the DEA raids.
Read the Federal search warrant for Dr. Cecil Walter Gaby: Click Here.