Alabama doctor pleads guilty to drug distribution charges over opioids

An Alabama doctor pleaded guilty Friday to distributing opioids from a clinic she operated in the state, U.S. prosecutors said.

Celia Lloyd-Turney, who operated a Choice Medicine Clinic in Huntsville, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

A bottle with a hydrocodone label and hydrocodone tablets spilling out isolated on white background. 

A bottle with a hydrocodone label and hydrocodone tablets spilling out isolated on white background.  (drugabuse.gov)

Lloyd-Turney, 66, wrote multiple subscriptions for controlled substances to patients who were actively abusing other drugs, suffering from addiction, and selling the pills, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

Her guilty plea came while a federal jury in Huntsville was deliberating on whether to convict her 15 criminal charges, the DOJ said. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining 14 charges in exchange for Lloyd-Turney’s plea.

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The investigation involved the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Huntsville, Alabama police department.

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Lloyd-Turney’s sentencing has been scheduled for June 8, 2020. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.