Charges dropped against doctor accused of cocaine possession

By Caitlin Lawrence | clawrence@wmbb.com

Published 02/10 2016 06:11PM

Updated 02/11 2016 12:55PM

The charges against a Panama City doctor accused of possessing cocaine were dropped Wednesday.

Results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement revealed the off-white substance was not an illegal drug.

Panama City Police arrested Dr. Bryce Jackson on November 29th. Police reports said an officer pulled him over after he made about a two-minute stop at the Marie Motel then pulled out and drove the wrong way on a one-way street.

A K-9 was called in who alerted officers of drugs inside. A substance found on the floor mat tested positive in a field test for cocaine.

Waylon Graham, Jackson's Attorney, said the dried substance had to be scrapped off the mat.

"Those field tests that cops do in the field are very inaccurate, very, very inaccurate, and about half of the time, it will identify a drug when there is no drug so this is actually somewhat common, but here it just happened to be very, very fortunate for Dr. Jackson, but you just cannot put a lot of stock in those field tests," Graham said.

Graham added that Doctor Jackson's medical license wasn't affected but his ability to accept Medicaid and Medicare is currently suspended.

He said Jackson has a civil attorney in Tallahassee who is working to restore that ability.

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