Former heart surgeon arrested in CA after month long flight from justice

Dr. David Bruce Allen
Dr. David Bruce Allen

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Dr. David Bruce Allen, a former heart surgeon for Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula was arrested earlier this week by Oakland, California authorities for charges stemming from a drug raid on February 19, 2009, on his property in Jackson County.

Dr. Allen called California authorities to file a report of his vehicle and wallet being stolen by his nephew. While taking the report, authorities learned Allen was a wanted man in Mississippi.

The 53-year-old Allen was arrested and taken to Santa Rita Correctional Facility in Alameda County, California.

On February 19, agents from the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County and the Jackson County Sheriff's department served a search warrant on Allen's property located at 13013 Hwy 613 in the Helena area of Jackson County.

The residence is a 37 Acre property with two large lakes commonly referred to as "the blue hole."

While searching the property, agents discovered a custom built room designed to grow and cultivate Marijuana in a one bedroom apartment built on the property. Also found was approximately $1,000 worth of Hashish, a drug derived from Marijuana, $800 worth of Hydroponic Marijuana, Marijuana seeds, nutrient fertilizers, ultraviolet lights, Carbon Dioxide production systems, air filtration/humidification system, seven guns and $450 cash.

Arrested at the residence were Allen's 48-year-old sister Gail Ann Allen Lee and her 41-year-old husband Rodney Shane Lee. The husband and wife are both charged with one count each of Cultivation of Marijuana as well as possession of Hashish. They are currently out on bond for those charges.

NTF officials spoke with Allen on the telephone the night of the raid.  At the time of the raid, Allen was in the Oakland, California, area attempting to secure his license in the state to prescribe and distribute Marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Allen is charged with one count of Cultivation of Marijuana and one count of sale of a controlled substance. Each charge carries a fine of up to one million dollars and thirty years in prison.

The results of their investigation led to the seizure of Allen's residence by the NTF and suit filed through Jackson County District Attorney, Tony Lawrence against Mr. Allen.

The NTF is a multi-jurisdictional unit comprised of officers from the Ocean Springs Police Department, Gautier Police Department, Pascagoula Police Department, Jackson County Sheriffs Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

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