Ex-Lafayette drug squad leader sentenced in doctor-shopping scheme

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By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Former Lafayette County narcotics squad leader Searn Lynch will serve two years probation for doctor-shopping for illegal pain killers.

He was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Neal B. Biggers Jr. in Oxford, where Lynch once was a police detective and drug-squad leader for the Lafayette County.

Lynch, 39, was indicted Jan. 28 on multiple counts that he went to numerous doctors seeking prescription pain killers and other drugs. He also was charged for carrying a firearm while committing the crime.

At sentencing, the government asked that the gun charge be dismissed.

Read more on this story in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.

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  • barney fife

    Two years probation? Is that all?
    Yeah … it’s all about “…protect & serve …” your fellow badge wearer, isn’t it?

  • FrereJocques

    This is just the latest example. You CANNOT legislate morality. You wind up with a bunch of hypocrites at best, and corruption and disrespect for the law at worst. And barney is right–if this had been anyone else off the street, it probably would have been 20 years hard time. The guy was supposed to be FIGHTING this sort of thing. He should be punished MORE harshly, not less. He knew better.

  • DoubleTalk

    If they had, the race card would have come out. And then, what he knows on them did not hurt either.

  • Kevin

    I don’t understand. How’s it illegal to go to a doctor to get your drugs. Don’t most Americans go to doctors to get their xanax, ativan, vicodin, and seconal? Don’t most people go to doctors to get their kids adderall, which is nothing but methamphetamine? What are “illegal painkillers”? Does that refer to heroin? If a doctor gives one a prescription for pain killers, doesn’t that make them legal? What this guy did is much less worse than Limbaugh’s method for painkiller procurement.