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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Friday, August 24, 2018

Media Advisory-

WHEN:     Monday, August 27, 2018 at 3:00 PM

WHERE:   Terry Stanford Federal Building

                     310 New Bern Avenue

                     Room 158

                     Raleigh, NC 27601

 Re:       Sentencing of Medical Doctor Convicted of Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announces a press conference to discuss the sentencing of DONOVAN DAVE DIXON. DIXON was a medical doctor at the time of the offenses and he was convicted on April 16, 2018, after a four-day jury trial, of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Oxycodone and twenty (20) counts of Unlawful Distribution of Oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad based in Charlotte began investigating DIXON when they noticed that four (4) of the top ten (10) oxycodone prescribing pharmacies for the State of North Carolina were located in the Lumberton, NC area.  The local pharmacists as well as local and state law enforcement identified DIXON as the likely cause.

This case is a key component of the Take Back North Carolina Strategy to combat violent and drug crime in the Eastern District of North Carolina.  This initiative brings the full weight and resources of the federal court system in the fight against crime in this District. 

In addition to United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. we anticipate members of law enforcement agencies involved with this case to be present at this event.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. For additional information please e-mail Don Connelly at  Please RSVP your intentions to attend the event.

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Updated August 24, 2018