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Lowcountry Medical Group of Beaufort under investigation

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents visited The Lowcountry Medical Group of Beaufort as part of a ongoing investigation, the head of the group confirmed Wednesday.

Chief executive officer Turner Wortham confirmed investigators were at the business at 300 Midtown Drive in Port Royal on Tuesday, but he would not say what they are investigating.

"There was an investigation yesterday with Lowcountry Medical Group fully cooperating with the authorities, and because that investigation is ongoing, Lowcountry Medical Group cannot comment on it at this time," he said.

The private practice was started in 1997 and is a multi-specialty group of 14 doctors, three nurse practitioners, and two physician's assistants, according to its website. It is being advised by Laura Evans of Charleston-based Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP law firm, according to Wortham. An attempt Wednesday evening to reach Evans for comment was unsuccessful.

The Beaufort/Jasper Multi-Jurisdiction Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation, but the DEA is handling the case, according to Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

She referred questions to Special Agent Chuvalo J. Truesdell with the Atlanta office of the DEA, who could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday.

Wortham said the investigators gave him no indication the Lowcountry Medical Group would be shut down, even temporarily, and that the office will keep its regular operating hours.

The group's specialties include family and internal medicine, gynecology, gastroenterology, cardiology, and orthopedics. The practice also has a medication dispensary to fill prescriptions, according to the website.

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