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McComb residents react to doctor accused of trading drugs for sex

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MCCOMB, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A well-known doctor in McComb is now fighting a host of federal charges that allege he traded pharmaceutical drugs for sexual favors.

Before Dr. Lawrence Stewart was able to meet, greet and treat his patients at his Southwest Mississippi medical clinic, officers were there to meet him with handcuffs claiming he broke the law. He is facing 27 charges and he could also lose his medical license.

Dr. Stewart refused to answer our questions as police took him into custody shortly after he arrived to work.

For a year, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Medical Board, and the U.S. Attorney's office have worked together to investigate Stewart and his practice. He now faces more than two dozen charges for knowingly and intentionally distributing and dispensing schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances like Oxycontin and Xanax illegally.

“It is unreal," said one of Stewart's high school friends. "I can't believe that because he was not that type of guy."

“He was just a nice doctor and he was concerned about his patients. It is a surprise,” said one of his patients.

Some of the popular doctor’s friends and patients said not only was he well-known for his medical work, he recently ran for a Justice Court judge position this year, which he lost.  They said Stewart  was also heavily involved in the community, so this news was truly shocking.

“Larry is a big guy in the community," said Stewart's friend. "He and his wife are always in these little theater things here in McComb. He is just an all-around nice guy and I can't believe that.” 

The DEA has reportedly suspended Stewart's drug prescribing powers.

Dr.  Stewart made his initial appearance today. His case is set to go to trial next year, and he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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