Deputies arrest Victoria Drive Thru Doc

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.

Courtney Ricardo Morgan

Courtney Ricardo Morgan   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

A Victoria doctor was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of failing to obtain a license to run a pain management clinic.

Dr. Courtney Ricardo Morgan, 43, posted a $10,000 surety bond.

Morgan is charged with a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a possible fine up to $10,000.

Clinics that prescribe a majority of their patients' pain medication must be licensed with the state, according to the Texas Occupations Code.

More than half of Morgan's patients in March 2013 were prescribed pain medication, according to the indictment.

Morgan is still licensed to practice medicine. He earned his license in 2007.

The Texas Medical Board can conduct an emergency suspension hearing that would suspend Morgan's practice until his criminal case is resolved, medical board spokeswoman Megan Goode said.

There was not an emergency suspension hearing for Morgan scheduled as of Wednesday.

He could also lose his license if convicted.

The Department of Public Safety began investigating Morgan and Drive Thru Doc in April 2013 because of complaints, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said.

Vinger did not specify how many complaints law enforcement received but added the Drug Enforcement Agency assisted.

DPS also did not require Morgan to shut down Drive Thru Doc at its earlier locations, 302 W. Rio Grande St. and in a Citizens Medical Center professional building on Hospital Drive.

Morgan currently practices at 1402 Village Drive, where another Drive Thru Doc and Hop Medical Services are located.

Morgan and Drive Thru Doc were the subject of a special Victoria Advocate investigation in June 2013.

The stories examined whether it was legal for a physician to prescribe medication to patients without evaluating them face to face.



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