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The Bay County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has closed down Albany physician Robert B. Sperrazza’s pain clinic in Panama City Beach, saying he committed a felony by failing to register his business as a pain clinic.

Sperrazza, an anesthesiologist, is under indictment in Dougherty County on 35 drug-related offenses for allegedly illegally possessing morphine, Demorol, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and other controlled substances with the intent to distribute them.

Bay County officials say Sperrazza violated condition of his Albany bond by prescribing controlled substances in at The Medical Clinic. He has been released from jail in Florida. The Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida State Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency are conducting the Florida probe.

Sperrazza, 57, has been released from the Bay County Jail on bond.

In the Dougherty County case, Sperrazza was arrested in December 2008 after investigators confiscated narcotics at his home, in an office, and in his vehicle, authorities said.

Authorities also say Sperrazza used illegally acquired drugs without a prescription in a bank restroom.

No trial date has been set in Dougherty County. Sperrazza could face additional Florida charges, authorities said.

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