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Monroe doctor faces over 130 charges involving narcotics distribution

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – A Monroe doctor is accused of illegally prescribing controlled substances to multiple patients.

According to documents filed with the 4th Judicial District Court, Dr. David Scott Burkett faces more than 130 charges involving narcotics distribution and conspiracy. He is accused of engaging in this activity over the course of roughly a year, from May 2019 to May 2020.

Louisiana State Police say they began investigating the cardiologist after someone tipped off the Drug Enforcement Agency in May of 2020. Court records detail a lengthy investigation in which patients who were prescribed the most pills were interviewed. Investigators say one patient received over 1,500 pills. Investigators say some patients also gave pills to Burkett. Investigators say they also obtained evidence in the form of video and documentation.

The controlled drugs involved include Percocet (Oxycodone-Acetaminophen), Hydromorphone (a type of morphine), and Carisoprodol (a muscle relaxer.)

According to the court affidavit, Burkett is charged with:

  • 106 counts of illegal distribution of a schedule II
  • 14 counts of illegal distribution of a schedule IV
  • 4 counts of illegal possession of a schedule II
  • 7 counts of conspiracy to distribute schedule II
  • 2 counts of attempted possession of CDS II

Burkett was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Sept. 9. The affidavit lists a total bond of just under $1 million.

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