- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Waveland doctor accused of running a prescription pill mill is set to enter a guilty plea Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1RhDmMO) Steve Morris’ attorney filed a notice that says a plea agreement with the government has been drawn up and his client intends to plead guilty. Court papers do not say what charge he will plead guilty to.

Morris, 56, has remained in custody since local and federal authorities raided his internal medical clinic, Total Health Solutions, May 13, arresting Morris and health-care workers Peggy Laporte, 59, and Brittany Spikes, 29.

All three are facing federal charges of conspiracy and aiding and abetting one another to possess, distribute and dispense controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice as outlined in a 57-count indictment.

The medications Morris allegedly prescribed are the narcotic painkiller oxycodone, the anti-anxiety generic drug for Valium and carisoprodol, a non-narcotic muscle relaxer known by the brand name Soma.

The alleged crimes occurred as early as 2013 and continued until the April 17 indictment.

All three pleaded not guilty when they were brought to court after their arrests.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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