Plastic Surgeon Who Appeared On 'Oprah,' CNN Charged With Crack Possession

By Keri Blakinger 09/23/16

Dr. Sheldon Sevinor allegedly attempted to toss the small bags of crack from his pocket to the ground as police approached.

Plastic Surgeon Who Appeared On 'Oprah,' CNN Charged With Crack Possession
Dr. Sheldon Sevinor Photo via YouTube

A famous plastic surgeon who was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show is facing drug charges after he was allegedly busted with crack cocaine last Sunday night. 

Sheldon Sevinor, 70, was caught red-handed after a drug hand-off, Massachusetts police said. 

Investigators in Lynn, a coastal town just 10 miles north of Boston, were following a man—who police described as a known local drug user—during an undercover surveillance operation, according to The Daily Item.  

When the surveillance target, 61-year-old Johnnie Albert, left his home, police followed along and watched him drive out to do a deal with Sevinor. When police saw what they believed to be the hand-off, they approached Sevinor in his grey Dodge. 

Though the doc allegedly tried to toss the drugs from his shirt pocket to the ground, police recovered the small bags of crack cocaine from both the driver’s side floor of the car and the ground outside. 

A search of Albert’s car yielded three more bags of the drug stashed in a Mentos container and a search of his person netted $1,516 and a flip phone. 

Albert was charged with possession with intent to distribute, while Sevinor was charged with crack possession and released on bail after a Tuesday appearance in district court. He’s due back before a judge on Oct. 11. 

Sevinor has offices in Lynn, Boston and Florida, and has appeared as a featured guest on everything from The View to Good Morning America

The Massachusetts doctor attended undergrad at Syracuse University, according to his website. He went on to get a medical degree from the University of Alabama med school before completing his internship and residency at Brown University-Rhode Island Hospital, then went on to finish his plastic surgery residency at the University of Florida-Jacksonville Hospitals.

The doctor served a four-year term on the board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, held a position on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society and has been practicing medicine in the Boston area for nearly four decades. 

“He is internationally known as a trusted resource with his ease in explaining the intricacies and innovations of plastic surgery in concise, yet informative language,” his site says.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.