A former Marianna physician has been convicted in an extensive drug trafficking conspiracy that spread deep into Northwest Florida.
JACKSON COUNTY — A former Marianna physician has been convicted in an extensive drug trafficking conspiracy that spread deep into Northwest Florida.
A Jackson County jury on Wednesday found David Arthur Flick guilty of two counts of conspiracy to traffic in oxycodone, one count of conspiracy to traffic in hydrocodone, and six counts of principal to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Testimony detailed a nine-month scheme in which Flick, from his Marianna home, would write "patients" prescriptions for controlled substances in exchange for cash or the recruitment of other patients. In those nine months, from February to November 2015, Flick wrote over 1,000 such prescriptions totaling 49,896 pills, court records state.
According to court records, Flick, his live-in girlfriend and others "actively recruited individuals, predominantly opioid addicts from the Bay County area, to travel to his Marianna residence to pay $175-$300 in exchange for receiving prescriptions for a variety of substances to include hydrocodone, oxycodone, Xanax, valium, Ativan, Ambien, Subutex and methadone. Other co-conspirators were encouraged by David Flick to take half of the pills once the controlled substance prescription was filled in exchange for the introduction to the doctor or in exchange for the ride to his residence in Marianna from Bay County."
Witnesses said Flick also required them to give a portion of the drugs to his girlfriend as part of a kickback scheme.
Flick reportedly did not generally give examinations before writing the prescriptions, with one witness testifying "It was the easiest thing I ever did." Some also testified that the ease of access made their addictions worse.
"Another described the process as being easy access to controlled substances and a way to receive a prescription for a quantity of 90 Oxycodone tablets in exchange for $200 instead of the $40-$60 a pill they had been paying buying drugs 'off the street' in Bay County and surrounding areas," court records state.
Witnesses also said Flick knew some patients were selling the drugs on the street but continued to write the prescriptions. Evidence also showed he had traded prescriptions for crack cocaine and other illegal substances and had watched "patients" snort or intravenously use the drugs he prescribed.
"Expert testimony from Dr. Reuben Hoch revealed that a review of the medical files of David Flick showed that the doctor was 'grossly inadequate' in both his record keeping and in the practice of pain management," court records state. "Dr. Hoch detailed many troubling details regarding the review of the files and stated that David Flick had been regularly prescribing patients a prescription combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, a potentially lethal cocktail of substances, that could have led to the patient’s death if taken as prescribed."
The jury took a little over an hour to convict Flick on all counts. He is set for sentencing at 9 a.m. Feb. 13.