JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Tennessee's state medical examiner has been fired after being arrested Tuesday night in Madison County on felony drug charges.
Dr. Bruce Levy is the head of a medical services company and one of six doctors contracted to perform Mississippi's medical examinations.
The 49-year-old Nashville resident was taken into custody at a Ridgeland hotel after Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents intercepted a package addressed to the medical examiner containing less than an ounce of marijuana.
The drug dog discovery led them to Levy's hotel room where agents found more containers of marijuana.
He had more than an ounce of the drug which is a felony.
Levy is President and CEO of Forensic Medical Management Services.
Global Forensics is its Mississippi subsidiary.
The Tennessee company was hired to replace former state pathologist Dr. Stephen Hayne.
Hayne was fired by the Mississippi Public Safety Commission in August of 2009.
Public Safety Commissioner Stephen Simpson said Levy's privileges were immediately suspended in the state and the company was notified that their contract would be terminated.
"No medical examination services at the state medical examiner's office will be interrupted by the arrest, but let this serve as a notice that no one is exempt from our commitment to fight illegal drugs where they are found. We will immediately begin the search to replace Global Forensics," said Simpson.
Officials with Levy's company said they support him as he deals with this personal issue.
A statement on the arrest said the nine-member board-certified or board-eligible forensic pathologists are prepared to handle all of their client responsibilities.
"We have spoken with our clients and assured them that forensic medical will continue to provide day to day services without interruption and with professionalism, care and urgency," said the statement.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Schuler Smith does not think autopsies will be affected, but they will handle each case on a case-by-case basis.
"We do not believe Levy's charge will be outcome determinative of any pending cases that we have," said Smith.
Tuesday afternoon Levy was on the stand testifying at a trial in Hazlehurst.
Hours later, the forensic expert was being held at the Madison County Detention Center.
Levy made an initial appearance Wednesday morning in Madison County and was later released on $25,000 bond.
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