Doctor & six others accused of peddling pills

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Saucier doctor and six others face federal drug charges for allegedly dealing pills for profit.

Dr. Je Song was indicted July 19 on charges of conspiring to dispense drugs outside the scope of medical practice.  The 33 count indictment alleges Song wrote prescriptions for painkillers and anxiety drugs like Xanax to people without a medical exam and sometimes to people he'd never even met.

Also named in the indictment, George Cowart, Kevin Anderson, Jerry Spiers, Oliver Shoemaker, Jr (aka Butch), JOhn Segretto and Gary Crum. The indictment alleges the six were middle men getting the prescriptions from Song and completing the sales.

The indictment was sealed until July 29, when the seven were arraigned in Federal Court in Gulfport.

The government alleges that between December 2010 and May 2011, the seven conspired to sell narcotics including oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam to people under 21.

Though the indictment refers to Song as "a licensed medical doctor in the state of Mississippi," WLOX News confirmed Song no longer holds a valid medical license in Mississippi. The state medical board website lists his office on Saucier Lizana Road, but officials confirmed to WLOX Song's license expired June 30th and he did not renew it.

In court Friday, the seven were appointed public defenders. They are in the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service until a detention hearing next week. A trial date was set for September 12.

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