UTHSC professor arrested on drug, weapon, and theft charges; 9 others in custody

Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 7:48 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A UT Health Science Center spokesperson said they will not be commenting on the arrest of one of their faculty members who is facing a slew of charges after being found inside an apparent drug house.

Nine people were arrested Wednesday after executing a search warrant at a Parkway Village home on Ashwood Street.

According to the Police affidavit, marijuana, crack cocaine, guns, scales and other drug items were found inside the home.

Included in the drug bust was 53-year-old Georgi Petkov who is listed as the Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences on the UTHSC website.

When Police arrived, a Jeep Cherokee registered in Petkov’s name was parked outside the home which had 3 syringes, 1 straw and 1 glass pipe inside.

According to the police report, Petkov was given verbal commands to show police his hands which he refused.

He was charged with resisting arrest along with a slew of other drug charges.

According to the UT Health Sciences Website, Dr. Petkov joined the university in 2017.

He is a published scientist with a focus on overactive bladder and urinary incontinence.

Petkov moved to Memphis from South Carolina, so it’s unclear if this is his first arrest.

Dr. Petkov has been released on his own recognizance and is due in court on May 13.

According to a university representative. Dr. Petkov has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

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