JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A former Jackson County heart surgeon accused of growing marijuana is in jail. Dr. David Allen faces six new felony charges, which include attempting to bribe and intimidate witnesses in the case.
In March, the 53-year-old physician was charged with cultivating marijuana and the sale of a controlled substance. Allen was arrested in California where authorities said he ran a Medical Marijuana Evaluation business.
Dr. David Allen, once a prominent doctor at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, now sits behind bars for the second time this year.
"I feel it is a long time coming," Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spiers said. "I feel he has muddied the water enough on this particular case."
In February, narcotics agents raided Dr. Allen's home in Escatawpa, off Highway 613, after receiving a tip he was growing pot on the property.
"There was marijuana being grown there, there were drugs being shipped in and out of there for profit and that is why the place has been seized," Spiers said.
Drug agents said Allen was out on bond when they got another tip he was trying to intimidate witnesses, or get them to skip town or lie for him under oath.
"The witnesses in this case were offered money, they were offered jobs, offered free expense flights to another state."
Sheriff's deputies and drug agents said they spent five months investigating the witness tampering tip. Wednesday morning, authorities set up a sting at a hotel in St. Martin.
"It is just another case of someone trying to circumvent the law," Sheriff Mike Byrd said about Dr. Allen. "We are going to do everything we can to get this case before a grand jury as soon as possible to get him indicted, and get him to trial. He is no different than anyone else."
The doctor has posted several videos on YouTube, including a six minute and 19 second video called "Land Larceny: Dr. David Allen's Story." In it he accuses Jackson County authorities of being nothing more than "domestic terrorists." But he does admit there was a small amount of pot on his property.
Sheriff Byrd and Curtis Spiers said they've seen Allen's YouTube video, and they dismiss it as nothing more than a drug suspect attempting to take the focus away from the crime.