By Jen Kastner
ODESSA- An Odessa doctor is under fire for getting caught up in a drug distribution ring. On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Barrett Whitefield, D.O., was formally charged in a Midland federal courtroom after surrendering to federal agents earlier in the morning.
Dr. Whitefield has been a general practitioner and a family practitioner for eleven years in Texas. His current office is located at 6110 Eastridge Road in Odessa.
He and seven others were indicted November 28th by a grand jury for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances, and for the actual distribution of controlled substances.
According to the indictment, on or about January 1, 2011 until now, Dr. Whitefield did "combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, with each other, and with others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances, which offense involve five hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine...and a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of hydrocodone."
Five of the seven other names included in the indictment have been released. Those include Robert Michael Handlon, Christina Rene Barfield, Megan Lynn Maner and Cynthia Marie Constnazo. The other three names are still redacted.
It is still unknown how Dr. Whitefield and the seven others who were indicted are connected to one another.
Dr. Whitefield was released today on an unsecured $10,000 bond.