From the U.S. Attorney’s office: A Federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke has charged a local doctor with federal drug and child pornography charges. In an indictment returned today, the grand jury has charged Steven Joseph Collins, age 51, of Roanoke County, Virginia, with one count of receipt of child pornography and two counts of distributing oxycodone by authorizing controlled substance prescription orders outside the usual course of professional practice. According to the indictment, between July 2010 and July 2013, Collins received digital video and image files of a minor who had not obtained 12-years-of-age, engaged in sexual activity. In addition, the indictment alleges that on separate occasions, January 7, 2014 and April 2, 2014, Collins, in his role as a medical doctor, authorized controlled substance prescription orders for oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice.
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The investigation of the case was conducted by the Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Homeland Security. The local TDS is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Virginia State Police (VSP), Roanoke City Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and DEA. Assistant United States Attorney Jennie Waering will prosecute the case for the United States.