Dr Joel Smithers Wiki & Bio
Dr. Joel Smithers, a Martinsville-based doctor, was found guilty today of 861 federal drug charges at the conclusion of a nine-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced.
By the time drug enforcement agents swooped into his small medical office in Martinsville, Virginia, in 2017, Dr. Joel Smithers had prescribed about a half a million doses of highly addictive opioids in 2 years https://t.co/P9rP1zpdzJ pic.twitter.com/o6dfZQLUsg
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Who is Joel Smithers Bio
A Martinsville-based doctor was found guilty of 861 federal drug charges after a 9-day trial in Abingdon, according to the release from the office of U.S. Attorney
Doctor faces life in prison for prescribing a HALF MILLION opioid doses in two years https://t.co/mUjUN9EzQb
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Thomas Cullen. Joel Smithers was convicted on one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of illegally distributing controlled substances, one count of possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, and 859 counts of illegally prescribing Schedule II controlled substances.
Dr Joel Smithers Age
Dr. Joel Smithers is 36 Years old
Joel Smithers Conviction
The jury convicted Smithers, 36, after seven hours of deliberation, on one count of maintaining a place for the purpose of illegally distributing controlled substances, one count of possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, and 859 counts of illegally prescribing Schedule II controlled substances.
Joel Smithers has been arrested for prescribing opioids that killed many in Springfield. Please give his brother, Waylon, some space please. https://t.co/9U6fPmZ2m9
— Lyndon Johnson (@lyndonjohnson) September 28, 2019
The jury also found that the oxycodone and oxymorphone Smithers prescribed to a woman from West Virginia caused her death.
Dr Joel Smithers Crimes
Dr. Joel Smithers, a 36-year-old father of five, was found guilty in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including the oxycodone and oxymorphone that resulted in the death of a woman in West Virginia.
Authorities said Smithers operated a drug distribution ring out of his Martinsville-based practice beginning in 2017. His office lacked basic medical supplies and included a back room, where his receptionist would sleep throughout the work week, according to court filings in the case. The outside of the facility also smelled of urine and patients would regularly sleep outside in the parking lot.
Dr. Joel Smithers Oath to his patients
“This defendant not only violated his Hippocratic Oath to his patients, but he perpetuated, on a massive scale, the vicious cycle of addiction, despair, and destruction,” U.S. Attorney Cullen stated today. “We have no higher priority than investigating drug-dealing physicians and other corrupt health-care practitioners and putting them in federal prison.”
“The actions of corrupt physicians who prescribe medically unnecessary drugs contribute to our nation’s ongoing opioid crisis and threaten the health of Americans. The human cost of these crimes is unacceptable,” said Maureen R. Dixon, Special Agent in Charge for the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to hold criminals accountable for their actions.”
“ This is a prime example of why the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squads were formed throughout the nation,” said Jesse Fong Special Agent In Charge of the Washington Division Office. “Dr. Smithers flooded Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio with his opioid prescriptions and hid behind his white doctor’s coat as a large-scaled drug dealer. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squads will relentlessly investigate and arrest these drug dealers disguised as doctors.”
Evidence presented at trial showed Smithers opened an office in Martinsville in August 2015 and prescribed controlled substances to every patient in his practice, resulting in over 500,000 Schedule II controlled substances being distributed. The drugs involved included oxymorphone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl. A majority of those receiving prescriptions from Smithers traveled hundreds of miles, one-way, to receive the drugs. Smithers did not accept insurance and took in over $700,000 in cash and credit card payments prior to a search warrant being executed at his office on March 7, 2017.
Joel Smithers Sentencing & Fine
United States District Court Judge James P. Jones ordered Smithers taken into custody pending sentencing. Sentencing is scheduled for August 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Abingdon. Smithers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for a term of twenty years and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. He also faces a maximum fine of more than $200 million dollars.
Joel Smithers Case Investigations
The case was investigated by the Roanoke offices of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad and the Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General. Taskforce officers with the police departments of Bristol, Martinsville, Buena Vista, Roanoke, and Roanoke County; the Sheriff’s Offices of Henry County and Pittsylvania County; and the Virginia State Police assisted in the investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Cagle Juhan, Randy Ramseyer and Zachary T. Lee prosecuted the case for the United States.
Dr. Joel Smithers Fast Facts You Must Need To Know
- Dr. Joel Smithers is facing the possibility of life in prison after being convicted in May of more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs
- A search of his office in March 2017 found he had distributed more than 500,000 controlled substances to patients
- The drugs included oxycodone and oxymorphone that caused the death of a West Virginia woman
- People would drive hundreds of miles to see him, spending 16 hours on the road
- He will be sentenced on Wednesday – but the best Smithers can hope for is a mandatory minimum of 20 years, although he plans to appeal
- He also faces a maximum fine of more than $200 million dollars