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Physician Charged With Distributing A Controlled Substance Appears In Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A North Carolina physician appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan C. Rodriguez this morning on charges related to the alleged unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

A criminal indictment charging Henry Ronald Emery, Jr., M.D., 52, of Waxhaw, N.C., with one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice, and 11 counts of distribution of controlled substances outside the bounds of professional medical practice was unsealed following Dr. Emery’s initial court appearance.

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which oversees the Charlotte District Office, and Donald "Trey" Eakins, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), Charlotte Field Office, join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to allegations contained in the indictment, from no later than September 2018 through in or about 2022, Dr. Emery, then a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, allegedly conspired with other persons to intentionally and unlawfully prescribe, dispense, and distribute, and did unlawfully prescribe, dispense, and distribute, a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance. The indictment alleges that Dr. Emery engaged in the illegal distribution of buprenorphine on multiple occasions and while acting and intending to act outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.

If convicted, Dr. Emery faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine on each count in the indictment.

The charges against Dr. Emery are allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the DEA and IRS-CI for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nick J. Miller and William Bozin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte are prosecuting the case.

Updated September 29, 2023

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