Jackson County

Heart surgeon arrested on multiple felony counts

PASCAGOULA — A former heart surgeon at Singing River Hospital arrested in February on marijuana cultivation charges is back in jail today, this time charged on multiple felony counts accusing him of bribery and tampering with witnesses, according to arrest records. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is handling the case.

Dr. David Bruce Allen was out of jail on bond on the previous felony charges when he was arrested early this morning and charged with two counts each of bribing a witness, tampering with a witness and subornation of a perjury, which means attempting to get a witness to lie on the stand.After a month-long flight from justice, authorities in Oakland, Calif., first arrested Allen in March on charges stemming from a Feb. 19 drug raid on property he owned on Mississippi 613 in north Escatawpa. He was charged with one count each of marijuana cultivation and sale of a controlled substance - hashish, a marijuana derivative. Those charges are punishable by a fine of $1 million and 30 years in prison.

Also arrested at the time of the raid in February was Allen’s sister, Gail Ann Allen Lee, then 48, and her husband, Rodney Shane Lee, then 41, who were living on the property at the time, allegedly as caretakers.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Thursday’s edition.


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