A clinic long suspected of illegally selling prescription pills, and reportedly with ties to drug-trafficking organizations in Russell and neighboring counties, burned early yesterday morning.
According to reports, Dr. Bruce Coffey’s clinic, located in Oneida, Tennessee, just across the Kentucky and Tennessee border, was raided in the summer of 2018 as part of an investigation of whether Coffey was improperly prescribing pain pills and other drugs.
Coffey has not yet been charged according to reports, but police believe his clinic was a key supplier to drug traffickers in the southern part of Kentucky and Tennessee for years. Federal officials did state they had identified drug trafficking organizations in Russell, Pulaski and McCreary counties that used Coffey’s clinic as the main source of prescription drugs they sold. The clinic apparently closed two months ago.
Federal authorities said yesterday that the fire will not affect their ongoing investigation.