Florida Doctor Avoids Jail After Yacht Drug, Guns, and Prostitution Bust

Florida Doctor Avoids Jail After Yacht Drug, Guns, and Prostitution Bust
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(Nan­tuck­et, MA) — In a sur­pris­ing turn of events, Flori­da-based physi­cian Scott Antho­ny Burke has avoid­ed jail time after being caught with drugs, guns, and alleged pros­ti­tutes on his lux­u­ry yacht in Nantucket.

The 70-year-old retired doc­tor plead­ed guilty to four charges stem­ming from the Sep­tem­ber 2023 inci­dent, includ­ing pos­ses­sion of cocaine with intent to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion of a firearm with­out a license. How­ev­er, his ter­mi­nal can­cer diag­no­sis played a key role in the lenient sentencing.

Accord­ing to the police report, author­i­ties received a call about a 33-year-old woman over­dos­ing on Burke’s 82-foot yacht, the “Jess Conn.” When they raid­ed the ves­sel, they dis­cov­ered about 43 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of ket­a­mine, a .380 pis­tol, and sev­er­al high-capac­i­ty magazines.

Pros­ti­tutes were also alleged­ly found on board, though Burke did not face any pros­ti­tu­tion charges. The woman who over­dosed told police that the group had been “doing drugs all week­end” and that some guests were even film­ing porno­graph­ic content.

Despite the damn­ing evi­dence, Burke’s attor­ney was able to nego­ti­ate a plea deal that result­ed in just one year of pro­ba­tion. A spokesper­son for the Cape and Islands Dis­trict Attor­ney’s office cit­ed Burke’s age, lack of crim­i­nal his­to­ry, and ter­mi­nal can­cer diag­no­sis as fac­tors in the lenient sentencing.

The retired physi­cian had pre­vi­ous­ly prac­ticed in Col­orado and was the CEO of a med­ical lien ser­vices com­pa­ny. He now resides in the ultra-exclu­sive Ocean Reef Club in Flori­da, where res­i­dents are report­ed to have “more mon­ey than freak­ing god.”

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