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Greenville doc charged with drug trafficking

Posted March 17

Clinton H. Leinweber Jr.
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— A Greenville physician was arrested Thursday on drug trafficking charges, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Members of SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, which investigates suspicious prescription drug activity by physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals, served search warrants at the home of Dr. Clinton H. Leinweber Jr., 59, of 3600 Fair Oaks Court, and at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, 600 Moye Blvd. in Greenville, where Leinweber worked.

Leinweber was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin. The SBI said the charges are in connection with fraudulent prescriptions and that more charges are expected.

He has worked as a radiation oncologist at the Jenkins Cancer Center, a joint venture between Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine since July 2012. ECU officials said he was "removed from the work place" on Friday pending an investigation.

"ECU and the Brody School of Medicine are taking this matter very seriously. We are deeply troubled by the allegations which, if proven true, are inconsistent with the values of the university," Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for
health sciences at ECU, said in a statement. "We expect all employees to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity at all times. We assure our patients and employees that we are cooperating fully with the SBI."

Leinweber was being held at the Pitt County jail under a $4.5 million bond.

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