Note tells the story

August 21, 2013

Sherry Matthews/Sampson Independent

An empty parking lot and a note affixed to the front door of the Internal Medicine Clinic owned by Dr. Mouhamed Iyad Fakhri on College Street in Clinton adds the exclamation point to his arrest Monday on narcotics-related charges. Fakhr voluntarily surrendered his medical license the same day officers took him into custody on felony charges of trafficking in opiates, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, practicing/dispensing medicines to others and failure to maintain records. The note reads, in part, ‘The DEA came to our office on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and they opened an investigation. The investigation is still going on and as a result of that, the medical board gave me no choice but to sign a contract with them called a Non-Practice Agreement. … I don’t know where the investigation is going to go; but it’s critical that you find another primary care physician ASAP.’The note is not signed.