South Haven doctor’s office searched by drug task force

Matthew Small
An undated courtesy image of Dr. Matthew Small. (Bronson South Haven Family Medicine)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — State and federal authorities Thursday searched the office of a West Michigan doctor as part of a drug investigation.

The Michigan State Police Southwest Enforcement Team tells 24 Hour News 8 they executed a search warrant at Dr. Matthew Small’s office at Bronson South Haven Family Medicine around 9:30 a.m. An employee who answered the phone said Small’s office was closed for the day.

The MSP drug task force says it took documents from the doctor’s office, including some patient records.

Authorities say their investigation stems from information that Small had been writing a large quantity of prescriptions for narcotics since 2015. However, no criminal charges have been filed so far, and there are no open formal complaints listed against him on his state licensing page.

Bronson Healthcare said in a statement Thursday that Small has been placed on administrative leave, but Bronson South Haven Family Medicine will be open Friday. Bronson says the doctor’s office is cooperating with the investigation.

SWET says it is working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in this case. Authorities plan to turn over their findings to the prosecutor’s office, once the investigation is complete.

Bronson Healthcare’s full statement:

“Bronson South Haven Family Medicine, located at 965 S. Bailey Ave., has been fully cooperating with this investigation since the arrival of law enforcement this morning.

“Dr. Small has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The practice will be open tomorrow.”