Violet Hawes, disgraced doctor, facing drug and gun charges
Doctor no longer licensed to practise in Nova Scotia after suspension two years ago
A Nova Scotia doctor suspended two years ago and then charged with trafficking prescription drugs is facing new criminal allegations after police say they raided a Middle Musquodoboit home and found 20 marijuana plants and two guns.
Dr. Violet Hawes is charged with production of a controlled substance and two counts of unsafe storage of a firearm.
RCMP say they found a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver and a .22 calibre rifle when they searched the home on Dec. 14.
Hawes was released from custody under conditions and is set to appear in Shubenacadie provincial court on March 24.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia confirmed Friday that Hawes is not currently licensed to practise medicine.
Earlier this year, Hawes was charged with trafficking prescription drugs following a lengthy police investigation.
It was launched after a patient, Doug Carpenter, 49, shot and killed himself in the parking lot of the Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital in 2009.
He said in documents left to his family that Hawes had coerced him into a scheme where she prescribed him Hydromorph Contin — also known as hydromorphone or Dilauded — so she could use the drugs herself.
Two years ago, Hawes admitted to the college that she wrote prescriptions to a patient, but used the drugs herself.
The college banned her from prescribing any narcotics, she was ordered to undergo treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, and was fined $10,000.